10 More Beds OKd for Juvenile Center

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the addition of 10 beds for females and new administrative offices at the Colston Youth Center, a juvenile detention center at 375 N. Hillmont Ave., Ventura.

Most of the expansion, which is expected to cost about $635,000, will be paid for by Proposition 52, a state bond act approved in 1986.

Richard Wittenberg, the county’s chief administrative officer, said the state will pay $411,000 of the cost and the county will make up the rest.

The expansion will ease crowding in the Clifton Tatum Center by allowing juveniles now housed there to be moved to the new facility, Wittenberg said.


“This is a precursor of what we’re going to have to do in dealing with overcrowding in the adult jail system,” he said.

Construction of the expanded facility is due to begin in October, with completion scheduled for April, 1991.