Pat Withrow highlighted the high recidivism rate for parolees at a press conference yesterday in Lodi. Withrow, a San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Sergeant is running against incumbent Sheriff Steve Moore.
Parolees are some of the inmates at the jail who get released early because of overcrowding. The full jail as been an issue in the county for decades, and it has been central in this year’s race for sheriff, too. Withrow is pitching a plan to add prefabricated jail facilities to house inmate as needed, a move he says would be both quicker and cheaper than a county plan to build a new medium-security facility to replace the low-security Honor Farm. Moore said the money isn’t there for the Withrow proposal and that the Honor Farm replacement does make it possible to house another 100 inmates.
Withrow was not alone at the Tuesday press conference. He was joined by San Joaquin County Supervisor Carlos Villapudua, who said his Stockton-centered district has seen the effects of recidivism.
“I have been searching for a strategy that will help turn this around,” Villapudua said. “Our current sheriff has no plan to add capacity.”