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Public Safety Realignment

Sonora, CA — Changes to the state’s Criminal Justice System will be the focus of an upcoming Tuolumne County Supervisors meeting.

The Board has called for a special meeting Thursday to talk about implementing a plan for AB 109, which was passed to address overcrowding in the state’s prison system. California’s prison population must decline by around 34,000 over the next two years. The legislation redefines the definition of felonies, turns over parole duties from the state to local control, and allows counties to implement a variety of alternative custody type programs.

In Tuolumne County a Community Correction Plan Executive Committee has been formed, comprised of the Sheriff, District Attorney, Chief Probation Officer, Behavioral Health Director and others. The group is putting together recommendations, and will come back to the Board of Supervisors no later than October 18th with a final plan. This Tuesday’s meeting is informational, and no formal decisions will be made.

As part of the plan, the county is looking to lease a building that would be used to house treatment programs. It could potentially house a Day Reporting Center, Electronic Monitoring Program, Day Treatment Program and Work Release. The two locations being reviewed are the former Social Security Building on Highway 49, and a vacant building at 656 West Stockton Road (former home of Simply Country Furniture).

Thursday’s meeting will begin at 10am in the Supervisors meeting room.