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After years of critical reports by the San Diego County Grand Jury about the condition of the San Diego sheriff's Las Colinas Detention Facility, and following legal battles with the City of Santee about placing it in the city, the new "campus" is nearly completed.

This image was taken on July 9, when we were about 1200 feet above the penitentiary, arriving for a landing at Gillespie Field. The campus is just west of Magnolia Avenue, behind the Santee Historical Society.

A date for a dedication ceremony has not been announced.

Panoramic view

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Visduh July 13, 2014 @ 9:24 a.m.

Las Colinas is not a "penitentiary." It is not a long term confinement facility, isn't run by the state or federal government, and has no provision for reformatory discipline. It is a local lockup, and houses those with short sentences who don't qualify for transfer to the women's state prison in Chowchilla. In a different era, society would have been horrified that this county had to construct, operate, and maintain such a huge jail for women only. They used to generally stay out of jail, while it was the males who populated local lockups. Times have changed.


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