Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sheriff Withdraws Jail Expansion Plan

Opponents of a controversial plan to expand jails in Contra Costa County are celebrating a victory, after County Sheriff David Livingston backed off his plan to build 150 new jail beds. The jail expansion plan was opposed by many activists who want money to go to services for former offenders returning to the community, instead of to county jails. They say the jails could reduce their population by freeing non-violent inmates awaiting trial and undocumented immigrants held on behalf of the Federal “Immigration and Customs Enforcement” agency. They want the county to spend more on services, investing, in their words, in “people not prisons.” Christopher Martinez reports.