Solano County Sheriff Gary Stanton
In Solano County Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved a plan to let the state build a 500-bed prison in the city of Fairfield.
If Fairfield officials and the state agree to build a re-entry facility, Solano County would then be eligible to get up to $80 million to improve its own county jail.
Solano County Sheriff Gary Stanton says that would help relieve overcrowding.
“Currently I am full. Today we do not have anybody sleeping outside of a cell but that does happen to us frequently still. Right now, Solano County does not have the money in this economy to build a jail. We could certainly use the $80 million.”
The state is offering grants to communities that provide land for so-called “re-entry” facilities…intended to rehabilitate inmates nearing their parole.
Earlier this year, Yolo County’s Board of Supervisors rejected a similar proposal after residents started a campaign against it.