Martinez Detention Facility introduced a new module for convicts suffering from mental illnesses
Martinez, California – The Martinez Detention Facility in Contra Costa County has added a new module for convicts suffering from mental illnesses.
After 18 months of work, the county transformed a prison module that formerly housed 52 offenders into a specialized facility for 24 inmates suffering from mental illnesses. The cells are entirely single-occupancy, with five of them reserved for convicts suffering from serious illnesses. In addition, there are two private medical evaluation rooms available in the module.
As Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston said in a statement, “I am proud of this new module, which is part of the jail modernization we planned many years ago. Inmates who have mental illnesses will have a dedicated housing unit where they will receive mental health treatment, programming, and services, in addition to healthcare.”
According to the county, the new module contains the most up-to-date technology and best practices for detention facilities, including cutting-edge software for controlling the module, a design that allows for more supervision of convicts, and furnishings that will help prevent suicides.
In addition, the new module has a biophilic design that makes the stay more relaxing, reduces stress, and makes therapy more effective.