Live: How Should the County Address the Influx of Inmates?

Join the discussion as Patch covers the meeting live as San Mateo County officials host a two-way conversation with local residents.

When Governor Jerry Brown passed a bill that would send “low-level” inmates from state prisons to counties throughout California, residents sent a barrage of outrage to Sacramento.

The US Supreme Court ruled that overcrowding in the state prisons could lead to human rights violations, so the burden was passed to local counties.

At 6:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the County Government Center, San Mateo County how they have been handling the 100 or so transfers to their jails and who these inmates are.

David Ross January 12, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Thank you, Chris. She is suppose to get out next month but as I mentioned in another posting, the records are very screwed up at VSPW. They say that my significant other didn't start her sentence until about 5-6 weeks after she had actually started it all because they can't read a simple sentence in English. I've read that if an inmate is let out after her release date then the state, by law, must pay her $150 for each day she is held beyond her release date. You would think this would be an incentive to keep the records straight but it isn't. After all, it isn't there money they are spending; it's the taxpayers' money.
Pretty Asian... January 13, 2012 at 04:49 AM
when we visited a friend, behind bars, to personally greet him a happy birthday and to give him his fave food, I was harassed by male inmates as they showed some lewd gestures! Good thing I was in a company of good friends!! That was a close encounter. So, invite your friends over when planning to visit one.
Chris Corbett January 13, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Marilyn Caldero January 15, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Pretty Asian, I am sorry you had that experience. I have never seen anything like that happen to anyone even though I have visited several prisons over many years. Visits are normally too precious to prisoners for them to misbehave and risk losing their visits. Guards are usually respectful (never emphatic) but sometimes they treat visitors as if they are criminals. Because of the horrific overcrowding and confusing rules that are not explained visiting is very stressful. It is prohibitively expensive for many families who often come from a distance and whose breadwinner is incarcerated. I hope you will containing visiting. Prisoners are far more likely to survive prison if they have support from family. That not only saves salvageable lives but also a lot of tax dollars.
David Ross January 15, 2012 at 05:18 AM
I deeply believe that the top two things that inmates crave are visitors and mail. What's sad is that, at least with women inmates, so few get visitors. Many don't get mail either. My girlfriend is in VSPW. Even though she's in many programs and is working, she still looks forward to mail call and visits. I believe that the inmates that cause the least amount of trouble are the ones who regularly receive mail and/or visitors. It helps them to realize that there are people on the outside who do care for them. Please don't let a few inmates discourage you from visiting. Your visit means a lot to your friend.


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