Supervisors Approve $20.7 Million For Inmate Reassignment

State-mandated program requires Contra Costa County jails to house inmates transferred from state prisons.

Bay City News Service

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a $20.7 million program to support state inmates re-routed to county jails under California's realignment plan.

The funds will expand some departments and cover operational costs associated with the hundreds of additional low-level offenders who would previously have been housed in state prison and are now under county jurisdiction under state Assembly Bill 109.

The afternoon vote came after six months of debate among the members of the county's Community Corrections Partnership about how to allocate $19 million in state realignment funding. The prolonged negotiations mean the county's public safety departments will receive the funding after the fiscal year is halfway through.

The CCP executive committee includes the county's public safety and criminal justice department heads, including Sheriff David Livingston, District Attorney Mark Peterson, Public Defender Robin Lipetzky and Probation Chief Philip Kader.

The committee's newly approved budget allocates more than $15 million to hire new personnel and for other costs related to AB 109 inmate caseloads.

In addition, $5.2 million of the spending plan is earmarked for partnerships with community organizations aimed at reducing the rate of inmates returning to jail.

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Donna Allen January 17, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Is any money allocated to the city of Martinez who will be dealing with more inmates leaving jail in the middle of our city?????
Cheryll January 18, 2013 at 12:54 AM
That's true. We have been a dumping ground for years. They just open the doors when they over full, and out they go. Unless something has changed in recent years..
JON January 18, 2013 at 07:24 AM
Im a parolee and for the record I have lived in martinez all my life. and for you to call it a "dumping ground" is disrespectful not only to the city but for me and all the people that get to sometimes go home.I can bet my @S5 that you wood not last 5min inside. I know that a vary small piecs of that money will see the inmates.
Cheryll January 20, 2013 at 03:08 AM
I'm sorry to have offended you Jon, and Martinez is your home so you are entitled to be here and that is not what I was referring to. When I say dumping I should say that these "releases" (sometimes earned, sometimes NOT earned), are often a matter of opening doors for people to try to find their way back to their homes in other cities and at midnite, there are few options other than wandering the streets. That isn't fair to anybody, not the former inmate and not the community. And the inmates shouldn't "see the money" in increased services or something else other than::The funds will expand some departments and cover operational costs associated with the hundreds of additional low-level offenders who would previously have been housed in state prison and are now under county jurisdiction under state Assembly Bill 109. Hopefully it also incudes additional space for those inmates because over filled rooms is why they do the early releases! That doesn't make an already burdened community happy to find that no thought has been giving thought as to what happens at the end of the "reassignment".
Cheryll January 20, 2013 at 03:12 AM
And I dont HAVE to last 5 minutes in there. I shoudn't have to tell you why.


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