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Sonora, CA — By a unanimous 5-0 vote this morning the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors approved CAO Craig Pedro´s recommendation that it is premature to move forward with a jail construction project at this time.

However, for the purpose of ensuring that the county would still be considered for all future state grant funding cycles, Pedro recommended that the county prepare and submit an application for AB 900 funding (the maximum allowable amount for a rural county is $30 million).

He also recommended that the county prepare an application supporting the siting of a 30 bed re-entry facility adjacent to the Sierra Conservation Center and prepare an application supporting efforts to a) plan to site a facility to provide a continuum of care for mental health and substance abuse services for Tuolumne County parolees and b) identifying Behavioral Health´s Cabezut Rd. office at which such services would be provided.

District Attorney Donald Segerstrom, Sheriff-Coroner Jim Mele and Probation Officer Shirley Juhl all echoed Pedro´s recommendation.

Written by Bill Johnson