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San Joaquin County sheriff candidates clash at debate

San Joaquin County sheriff candidates clash at debate

Funding, facilities and overcrowding the focus of Tuesday night debate

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Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:00 am

San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore and challenger Pat Withrow clashed over budget cuts, a soaring recidivism rate, concealed weapon permits and several other issues during a debate held Tuesday night at Central United Methodist Church.

In response to questions submitted by the audience, Moore, who’s seeking a third consecutive term as sheriff, spent the majority of the evening defending his actions and deflecting blame for issues that have partially defined his tenure as sheriff, such as an inability to alleviate crowded jail conditions, which he said was largely out of his control.

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  • Jeffrey Rinek posted at 11:22 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    jeffreyrinek Posts: 9

    I attended the forum, which was interesting, and provided an opportunity to view the candidates. I submitted a question related to my lodinews post last week which concerned the issue of the San Joaquin Sheriff not extraditing out of state fugitives. My question asked how specific entries into the NCIC system are made by the Sheriff, and how many felons have been extradited by the sheriff over the past six months. Sheriff Moore did not explain the process by which they enter the warrants, but, most notably he said the warrants with non extradition clauses "defaulted" to that status in the system. That is impossible, and in my opinion it misrepresents the facts of the system, and is an injustice to a valuable crime fighting resource. The Sheriff would have us believe that warrants for felons will "default" to reflect non extradition with time. Imagine what that would mean for every felon of every jurisdiction of every state, if they believed that staying out of jail long enough would result in a non extradition status. I personally have had warrants in the system for decades and they never "defaulted". One would wonder how the Sheriff would address why the warrant on Usama Bin Laden never defaulted. I personally question the Sheriff's interpretation of reality about this.
    An additional point that the Sheriff noted last night in addressing the potential harm of a new budget deficit for the current year was that he had a budget carryover of approximately 8 million dollars from the past year which would help minimize the effect of a current deficit. This is particularity disturbing to know that 8 million dollars of funds that could have been used on the street were held back, especially when elders are asking why they are such easy targets. It is also surprising that the county did not ask for the funding back since it was not used. It would be appropriate for an audit of the San Joaquin Sheriff.

  • Frank Gayaldo posted at 8:23 am on Wed, Mar 26, 2014.

    Frank Gayaldo Posts: 26

    I was unable to attend this forum on time because I got held up wrestling a guy who was running away from CHP on Highway 99 near Mack Road. Bad timing for both the bad guy and me. Here is my question that I wanted to ask. Sure would appreciate a answer...

    During a phone interview with the Lodi News-Sentinel on March 19, 2014, Sheriff Moore said his office has previously explored building modular facilities, but learned they’re “usually not viable” because they often don’t meet fire safety codes or the minimum requirements for housing inmates.
    Modular buildings are routinely used for our troops and our school children. Modular manufacturers say their buildings meet or exceed local, state and federal building codes, and that they can be made with non-combustible materials and fire extinguishers. In fact, a quick Google search reveals that Queen Anne’s County Detention Centre in Maryland used a modular building for their jail expansion- (a 4,137 sq. ft. project built between October 2008 and March 2009). So can modular buildings be used to house inmates or not?



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