Leo Ressland is with the group Save Rural Yolo County. He says the proposed location for the prison…in the rural town of Madison…is a bad fit. Ressland says it should be in an urban area like Woodland or Davis.
“It doesn’t make any sense. If the county right now is trying to lower their carbon footprint, why would you locate this type of facility 15 miles away?”
But officials say the inmate re-entry facility would benefit all county residents. Daniel Cederborg is an attorney for Yolo County. He says the small prison would help inmates train for jobs and get drug and alcohol treatment before being released.
"…by providing services to inmates that are in the last stages of serving out their sentences that will then be released into the community so that we can try and reduce the recidivism rate among inmates."
The prison would be built in exchange for a $30 million state grant for much-needed improvements at the Yolo County jail.