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NCJ Number: 172558 Find in a Library
Title: Jail San Diego Style
Journal: Law Enforcement Quarterly  Volume:26  Issue:3  Dated:(Fall 1997)  Pages:20-26,38
Author(s): B McLaughlin; W D Flores
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 8
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In San Diego County, California, the jail system's inmate population has grown by 400 percent over the past 20 years, while bed capacity has grown by only 280 percent.
Abstract: The San Diego Sheriff Department estimates the county may require 2,000 additional jail beds by the year 2005, provided the county does not have State prison inmates "redirected" to county jails as a result of the State's prisoner glut. California's three-strikes legislation is challenging jail administrators because it is responsible for locking up habitual criminals for a long time. The result is chronic overcrowding, and San Diego's jail system is currently operating under court-ordered population limits in five of its seven facilities. Jails attempt to maintain a population balance through innovative early release programs, including electronic surveillance, work release, and work furlough. Staffing issues associated with jail operations in San Diego County are considered, the operation of the jail system and specific detention facilities is discussed, and data are provided on county jail inmates. Cost and security aspects of providing adequate inmate care and future trends in these areas are addressed. 1 figure and 8 photographs
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; California; Early release programs; Electronic monitoring of offenders; Electronic surveillance; Furloughs; Jail management; Jail statistics; Jails; Prison management; Prison overcrowding; State laws; Three Strikes Laws; Work release
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