Six Years After $1.2 Billion Approved for New Jails, None Have Been Completed

In 2007, the Legislature and governor authorized $1.2 billion for jail construction, to ensure that the state would not run out of space to lock up criminals. The Sacramento Bee reports that the plan has yet to bear any fruit. “Six years after the state approved $1.2 billion for jails, not a single county has finished construction – and only five have started building new cells,” the paper reported. “State and county budget woes during the recession are partly to blame. … County officials, however, also cited a maze of bureaucratic state hurdles that proved too difficult to navigate. ‘The red tape is unbelievable,’ said Manuel Perez, Madera County’s corrections director.” (Source: The Sacramento Bee, August 30.)

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