PALM SPRINGS (AP) — A study shows a proposed 7,200-bed jail near Palm Springs could cost the Coachella Valley tourism industry $91 million.

The Riverside County Regional Detention Center would be constructed on 200 acres along Interstate 10 in the Whitewater area just north of Palm Springs.

The Palm Springs Desert Sun says the study by San Francisco State University economist Philip King concludes jails in rural areas have a significant negative impact on economic development despite rosy predictions of increased spending by jail visitors.

The Palm Springs City Council decided Wednesday unanimously to forward the study as its response to a revised draft environmental impact report on the jail proposal.

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Comments (2)
  1. john says:

    If they would execute more people in a timely manner they might not have to build a prison.

  2. Jackie says:

    Hogwash. The proposed facility would not even be visible from the Interstate and would have NO effect on the already 15 year floundering economic situation that is Palm Springs. In reality, it should help clean up the area of those criminals released early due to overcrowding, who now reside in N Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs. Why would anyone take a “study” on “rural areas” and attach it to the Coachella Valley with its population of 400 thousand from someoneliving in Northern California? Another waste of money.

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