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Inside Santa Barbara’s Northern Branch Jail

Santa Barbara County's Northern Branch Jail in Santa Maria.
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Santa Barbara County's Northern Branch Jail in Santa Maria.

Santa Barbara County opened its long-awaited Northern Branch Jail in Santa Maria last January, following a long history of litigation and controversy at the county’s 50-year-old Main Jail. But while the new building is marketed at a beacon of hope for Santa Barbara’s criminal justice system, issues persist at both facilities.

KCSB’s Ashley Rusch and Jackie Sedley take you inside.

This story was originally published and aired by KCSBand aired on KCBX's Issues & Ideas.

Ashley Rusch was an intern with KCBX News during the summer of 2022, and the Internal News Director at KCSB-FM, UC Santa Barbara's radio station. During college, Ashley also worked as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of WORD Magazine. She graduated in June 2022 with a B.A. in Communication and minor in Journalism.
Jackie Sedley is a Communications student at UCSB and produces for KCSB and KCRW.
KCSB is the student-run radio station at UC Santa Barbara.
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