Capacity and crowding at the San Joaquin County Jail came up several times at last night’s candidate forum with Sheriff Steve Moore and Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Pat Withrow, who have different ideas about what should be done.
Withrow has been pushing for adding modular facilities and more-immediate changes to bring more inmates at the minimum security Honor Farm. It will likely continue to be a campaign issue, and Withrow says more about it on his website.
Moore says he doesn’t think the modular plan is even feasible. During the forum, he mentioned a letter he sent to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors after the state denied the county $33 million to build a new facility. In the letter, Moore mentions pending state legislation that could free up $1.2 billion for San Joaquin and other counties looking to build new facilities. The letter also lists some of the ways — double bunking, a revamped pre-trial assessment for release and security upgrades at the Honor Farm — could alleviate crowding sooner.
Here is that letter to the Board of Supervisors.