POLL: Should the County Build the New Jail?

Patch obtained inter-departmental correspondence to share it with you.

The criminal justice system will change dramatically on Monday morning,

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors exchanged communication with David S. Boesch County Manager three days ago while they were preparing for a jail planning session, which was held yesterday afternoon.

The questions are from Supervisors Dave Pine, who represents the 1st district, and D-Don Horsley, who represents the 3rd.

The memo is reprinted in its entirety.

Claire Felong October 01, 2011 at 02:28 PM
It costs $45K to house an inmate for a year, $10K to provide a superior education to a K-12 child. Stop building jails, start putting the money into our futur.
Margaret Rogers October 02, 2011 at 01:33 AM
We should NOT build a new jail. We should put our money into education and child care and health care and build a healthy community. Jails create criminals!!!
Chris Manton October 02, 2011 at 02:16 AM
$10K for superior education ?!? So at slightly over $5K per pupil in RWC my children must be getting a not-quite-mediocre education. http://redwoodcity.patch.com/articles/redwood-city-still-only-district-without-additional-parcel-tax-funding#pdf-5995470
Maha October 02, 2011 at 05:15 PM
Let's get serious, educate our youth and see crime rates decrease! It's lack of education that creates criminals. NO! For building a jail in my city!
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) October 03, 2011 at 01:59 AM
Well, we know how Supervisor Horsley is going to vote. Check out the video I uploaded to see why I say that.
Sara Garcia October 03, 2011 at 07:00 PM
Use funds to educate - not incarcerate
Bob Cushman October 05, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Congratulations to the Menlo Park Patch for creating this poll. The County can not afford and does not need additional jail bed space. The "public hearings" on this subject were heavily organized as promos to convince tax payers this the the right and only alternative. Our local officials, especially our justice folks - sheriff, local law enforcement, probation, judges, and DA all need to change. We need to learn to live within our means.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) October 06, 2011 at 07:14 AM
Thanks, Bob. (: You raise some great points. Did you go to the last study session? The room was filled with law enforcement personnel. I do wonder what happens if Munks' request for grand money falls through.
Michael G. Stogner November 06, 2011 at 03:20 PM
No new jail in San Mateo County, the only people supporting this are those who will benefit from it. Mike Nevin and the Service League are the driving force behind it. Look at the advisory board. Note County manager David Boesch just got fired because he questioned how would the county be able to pay for it.
Claire Felong November 15, 2011 at 06:30 PM
I'm averaging elementary, high school & community college, Chris. Not quite scientific numbers but definitely less than private education.
Claire Felong November 15, 2011 at 06:31 PM
It's full employment for prison guards who, in some instances, are just a job away from being inmates.


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