The state is offering grants to communities that provide land for so-called “re-entry” facilities…intended to rehabilitate inmates nearing their parole.
Fairfield’s Vice-Mayor John Mraz says they’re only voting on whether to study the issue further.
“You know, we’re not bringing this to a vote for a yes or no, up or down, we’re going to build it. We’re going to study this even more and I’ve got some concerns. My concern is that this doesn’t go past the 500 bed criteria – that we don’t start housing 1,000 or 2,000 people.”
If Fairfield and the state agree to build a re-entry facility, Solano County would then be eligible to get up to 80-Million dollars to improve its own county jail.
Earlier this year, Yolo County’s Board of Supervisors rejected a similar proposal after residents started a campaign against it.