Placer County Copes With Overcrowded Jail


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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Placer County Supervisors are expected to vote on a plan that would make more non-violent inmates serve alternative sentences.  It’s an effort to alleviate overcrowded conditions at the jail. 

 

Under the measure…additional PlacerCounty prisoners will wear electronic monitoring systems…or ankle bracelets…at home. 

 

Placer County Supervisor “Rocky” Rockholm…

 

“A lot of times is what will happen is a violent offender will show up and there’s no room…so they have to kick em’…and that’s no good for the community or for the system…”

 

When Rockholm says “kick em” he means…the criminal is let go…without serving time in jail.

 

John E.B. Myers is a professor at McGeorge School of Law at the University of Pacific in Stockton.  He says a lot of overcrowded jails are turning to electronic monitoring programs…

 

“This sounds like a creative way to deal with the problem…but whether it will prevent crime…I think is anybody’s guess…”

 

The Placer County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on the measure tomorrow (Tuesday 8.5).  The cost of the program has not yet been determined.