The fate of a long-developing plan to build a larger San Joaquin County jail could be decided at Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The board has gotten about 20 people sending in identical letters against expanding the jail because of the $70 million it would cost to operate it at capacity.
It echoes the position of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has taken an interest in San Joaquin County’s plans for its jail. The group says there are other ways to relieve crowding. Sheriff Steve Moore has said that the jail needs more space — whether or not other steps are taken to keep the population size down.
Since the board postponed taking the issue up last month, this year’s civil grand jury issued a report about crime and justice in the county, including the role of a county jail that is often filled to capacity. The ACLU issued its own response to that. Here it is: Letter in Response to Civil Grand Jury Report 06 03 13