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Modular jail units spark debate

Withrow challenges S.J. Sheriff on potential jail housing solution

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Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014 12:00 am

Would housing inmates in temporary modular buildings help alleviate overcrowding in San Joaquin County Jail?

That question has emerged as a key issue in the race for county sheriff, but the answers are not clear-cut.

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  • Jeffrey Rinek posted at 3:20 pm on Sat, Apr 5, 2014.

    jeffreyrinek Posts: 9

    Sheriff Moore stated at the Taxpayer’s forum that he has come in on, or under budget in every year he has been in office. He advised that he currently has an $8.5M rollover from the previous budget, which he described as helping to mitigate any future budget cut. The reality is that by virtue of the Sheriff’s own words, which can be found on Part 1 of the online recording, at 48:51 into the recording he advises of the rollover and coming in under budget.
    I wonder if it would be of value to your readers to determine why those funds were not used for the security enhancements at the honor farm, and more importantly, it would have funded the modular jails concept, and the staffing needs for that concept. In other words, why is the Sheriff attempting to get money for items he already has the ability to fund. On the other hand, a new Sheriff, who put the needs of the county over the value of the budget dollar would be able to effect his plan without any additional funding by the State or county.

  • Frank Gayaldo posted at 10:39 am on Sat, Apr 5, 2014.

    Frank Gayaldo Posts: 26

    Folsom State Prison's California Prison Industry Authority has a program called the Modular Building Enterprise. They build modulars for use at correctional facilities. Been in existence since 2006. The guy who runs the program says he can build modular jail barracks for San Joaquin County that meet all fire, building and inmate housing codes. Please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRKmidtHTKU. Hopefully the Board of State and Community Corrections representative who spoke to LNS will watch it too.

    Regarding Steve Moore's concern about coming up with $2 million a year for staffing, I say it is a matter of leadership. According to a 5/23/13 SJ County Grand Jury report, the Sheriff spent “approximately $9 million for architectural and engineering {jail} design work but construction plans have not been produced and construction approvals have not been received.” Keep in mind that for this $9 million dollars we did not create any new jail beds, nor did a shovel even hit the ground. Just that money alone would have staffed modular jails for 4 1/2 years.



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