TUCSON, Ariz. — Pima County's years-long effort to reduce the jail population continues.
Officials unveiled plans for a first of its kind new pretrial services screening and reentry building on Friday.
County officials started working on ways to lower the inmate count to avoid building a new jail. They say people with lower level misdemeanors -- like failure to appear, or shoplifting -- will be released with the needed resources, including temporary housing.
The building will be located on the east side of the Pima County Adult Detention Center. The cost is approximately $5.5 million.
Construction will begin in 2021 and is expected to be complete in 2022.
A temporary screening space will open mid-June.