Solano County’s Public Safety Realignment revenues during fiscal year 2011-12 will total $4.3 million. That money will goes to realignment programs, non-recurring realignment startup costs, revocation hearings and realignment planning activities. Additional, funds also go to Day Reporting Center, substance abuse services, mental health services and the Workforce Investment Board.
Supervisors approved a $13 million plan to handle offenders diverted from the state.
They approved a mix of incarceration and rehabilitation programs but were narrowly divided on the plan’s inclusion of reopening part of the county jail at a cost of $6 million for almost nine months.
The probation department received $4.2 million for a day reporting center, which will provide services including counseling.
The Sheriff’s Department received $8.5 million for the jail expansion, a home detention program, and a pretrial release program.
Sheriff Scott Jones expects to have nearly $500,000 available for the jail’s rehabilitation programs.
The department is opening 275 beds at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center.
District Attorney Bob Burns asserts that when people are serving their sentence within their community, it’s easier to address the cause of recidivism. “It will be an interesting thing to see played out,” Burns said. He added more than 60 percent of people who get out of prison currently have some sort of a behavioral need such as anger management.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
About 10,000 prisoners will be released into Los Angeles County over the next 12 months.
SANTA CLARA COUNTY
To comply with the impact of realignment, Milpitas will need to add up to 800 beds to the Elmwood Correctional Facility, but the mayor and the City Council are unanimously against the expansion.