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Election for San Joaquin County Sheriff Pat Withrow hopes to offer more protection in rural areas, relieve prison overcrowding

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Pat Withrow at a glance

Occupation: Administrative sergeant; runs the Alternative Work Program/ Community Corps for the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.

Place of residence: Escalon.

Education: Recently received a Bachelor of Science in criminal management from Union Institute and University.

Family: Married for 22 years to his wife Kathleen. They have three children, Kelsey, Jacquelyn and Zachary.

Pat Withrow

Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014 11:31 pm

Pat Withrow has brought ideas to the race for San Joaquin County Sheriff that have sparked much debate in recent months. Perhaps his most notable idea is a plan to alleviate San Joaquin County Jail’s long overcrowded quarters by housing inmates in quick-to-build, inexpensive modular units.

It’s a plan that has drawn support from several county officials, but has been denounced by others, including current Sheriff Steve Moore.

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  • Ed Walters posted at 3:48 pm on Tue, May 13, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 631

    While Sheriff Joe of Arizona operates his jail on a shoe string with sandwiches for breakfast lunch and dinner, perhaps this state could follow his example. On second thought the civil rights groups would have a say in this, starting with convicts not allowed to wear pink skivvies or sleep in tents on hot days. Sheriff Joe continues to be reelected year after year, as long as he continues to run he will be reelected.

  • Gerald Krein posted at 10:13 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

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    The cost of the structure is the least expensive part of operating a jail. The expensive part is the ongoing staffing which is required year after year. I am all for locking up all the criminals. It is not just a local problem. The state is releasing more and more convicts back to our community without them doing their full state time. The state is no longer taking paroles, that have violated their parole, and putting them back in prison. To say that using modular building will solve the problem is very short sighted.



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