Construction broke ground earlier this month in Watsonville on the Rountree Rehabilitation and Re-Entry Facility, which will bring education, vocational training and rehabilitation services for Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office all under one roof.
San Diego jails could be doing more to support inmate education and successful reentry, according to a new report released June 1. Authored by a San Diego County Grand Jury tasked with reviewing correctional facilities and operations, the report highlights multiple areas within the county’s seven adult detention facilities requiring improvement.
County jails will be competing for the about $500 million from Governor Jerry Brown’s 2015-2016 budget proposal allotted to the latest round of facilities funding to help offset the effects of California realignment, aka AB 109. Although the state has provided about $1.7 billion for new jail construction — $1.2 billion from AB 900 and $500 million from SB 1022 — since AB 109 was passed in 2011, not all of the counties needing help have received jail construction funding. One of those counties is Mendocino County in Northern California.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon presented a proposal to a committee in Sacramento earlier this month, requesting an $80 million grant to construct new housing units at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore, Calif.
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