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Gov. Brown lauds Stanislaus County for opening new criminal detention center with mental health and rehabilitation space

Gov. Jerry Brown once knew Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson as the most difficult sheriff in the state.

But the two shook hands Tuesday as Stanislaus County became the first in California to open a new detention center with state funding allocated under realignment — a 2011 criminal justice reform effort that Brown has aggressively pushed, and Christianson once fiercely opposed.

"This facility is getting it right," Brown said at the site's dedication ceremony in Modesto. "It is more than time behind bars. It is intervention with intelligence and humanity and force."

The $114-million detention center, which stretches over more than 171,000 square feet, has 480 maximum-security beds and provides housing for 57 medical and mental health offenders. It also has 15 hospital beds.

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