Leaders discuss plan on Sacramento County jail overcrowding

Sacramento County leaders are discussing a plan Wednesday to address issues, like overcrowding and insufficient mental health care, at the main jail in downtown Sacramento and the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center. For several hours, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors heard from officials, community groups, and members of the public on ways to address the problem. From concerns about mental health care to Americans with Disability Act compliance, the Sacramento County jail was found to have unconstitutional conditions for inmates. To address that, county supervisors are expected to vote on two frameworks. One is focused on reducing the number of people in jail by doing things, like improving crisis response for people who don’t need jail but rather need mental health services and expanding the release of people deemed low-risk who are just waiting on arraignment or who are booked only on a warrant.The plan could divert about 600 inmates from jail through alternatives to incarceration.The second framework aims to improve the inadequate facilities by modifying the main jail or rebuilding a new one entirely. Construction could cost hundreds of millions of dollars. More than 90 people signed up to speak during public comment at the County Board of Supervisors meeting. Supervisors must give everyone who signed up the chance to speak before they vote. It’s unclear when the vote may happen. This is a developing story, stay with KCRA 3 for the latest.

Sacramento County leaders are discussing a plan Wednesday to address issues, like overcrowding and insufficient mental health care, at the main jail in downtown Sacramento and the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center.

For several hours, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors heard from officials, community groups, and members of the public on ways to address the problem.

From concerns about mental health care to Americans with Disability Act compliance, the Sacramento County jail was found to have unconstitutional conditions for inmates.

To address that, county supervisors are expected to vote on two frameworks.

One is focused on reducing the number of people in jail by doing things, like improving crisis response for people who don’t need jail but rather need mental health services and expanding the release of people deemed low-risk who are just waiting on arraignment or who are booked only on a warrant.

The plan could divert about 600 inmates from jail through alternatives to incarceration.

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They are still on “off-agenda” public comment, so they have not yet gotten to the issue of overcrowding at the Sacramento County Jail although there’s been confusion and a few speakers are commenting on it anyway. Here’s the agenda and relevant attachments: https://t.co/5cuJrjIFvo

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The second framework aims to improve the inadequate facilities by modifying the main jail or rebuilding a new one entirely. Construction could cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

More than 90 people signed up to speak during public comment at the County Board of Supervisors meeting. Supervisors must give everyone who signed up the chance to speak before they vote.

It’s unclear when the vote may happen.

This is a developing story, stay with KCRA 3 for the latest.

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