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Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown received $60 million from the state Thursday to build a new North County jail, a big step in the slow walk toward a much-needed custody facility.
While Brown had asked the state for $80 million, the Corrections Standards Authority (CSA) gave him only $60 million. The money comes to the county under the second phase of Assembly Bill 900. Thus far under the two phases, the state has passed out $1.2 billion to 22 counties for jails.
Aceves just began what figures to be a record-setting jolt in our jail. I wanted to find out if he was happy to spend his drug-dealing sentence near home instead of (horrors!) state prison.
Even though he’ll probably only serve about 11 years instead of 23, so far, it’s the longest known term meted out under California’s new AB 109, in which nonviolent felons are sent to county jails in a move to relieve overcrowded prisons. Problem: Santa Barbara’s jail is also overcrowded.
This bill would instead provide that a felony is a crime that is punishable with death, by imprisonment in the state prison, or notwithstanding any other provision of law, by imprisonment in a county jail for more than one year.