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Room In SD County Jail For Inmates, But No Money

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Aired 5/25/11

San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said he expects an influx of inmates into his jails over the next two years, but it will be a "disaster" unless they come with additional funds. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday California must reduce its state prison population by more than 30,000.

— Sheriff Bill Gore said there is room in San Diego County jails for more inmates, but not enough money to house them.

Gore's comments follow a Supreme Court decision earlier this week ordering the state to reduce its prison population because of overcrowding.

There are about 4,500 inmates in San Diego County jails right now. And there’s room for another 1,000, according to Gore.

But Gore said he can’t take in any additional inmates unless they come with additional money.

Bill Gore

Above: Bill Gore

“This is a disaster waiting to happen unless it’s properly funded,” Gore said.

Under a new state law many convicted criminals who once were sent to state prison, may now be sent to county jail. The law excludes those convicted of violent crimes, serious crimes and sexual offenses.

Gore said he expects his jails will see an influx over the next two years as the state attempts to reduce its prison population.

“That’s what we’re negotiating now is how much money is going to come with these inmates.”

According to the sheriff’s website, the average daily of cost of an inmate in county jail is $137. That’s a little more than the cost of a state inmate.

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