A representative from the San Mateo County jails say their overcrowding has gotten so out of hand that the sheriff is offering Alameda County $3 million to take some of the inmates off their hands.
Granted, all of this will need to get the green light from the county board of supervisors, but Sheriff Greg Munks plans to make a compelling argument.
The Maguire Jail is currently operating at about 30 percent overcapacity, they said, and the women’s jail is holding anywhere from 50 to 90 percent more inmates than it’s rated for, depending on the day.
Some point out the San Mateo jails have been dealing with this type of problem for more than a decade and wonder what’s behind the sudden rush to deal with it now.
New jail already in the works
The ever-waning room at San Mateo County’s detention facilities is the reason the county voted to build another Redwood City Jail. Construction is already underway and it’s expected to open its doors in early 2016.
But for now, Munks seems set on getting approval to ship some inmates off to Alameda County. Elected officials say they’re curious to learn more about the who, what, when, where, why and how of his plan.
It is suspected, though, that the men and women who would be picked for transfer would already be sentenced, meaning they would be ineligible to post bail bonds.
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