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Calaveras Officials Lobby For New Jail

San Andreas, CA — Calaveras officials are lobbying for a new jail this week in Sacramento.

Supervisor and board chair Merita Callaway and County Administrative Officer Tom Mitchell are at the California State Association of Counties´ annual legislative conference.

Before they left, Sheriff Dennis Downum asked that they garner support for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger´s proposed jail-building bond.

The county´s jail is at capacity and as a result inmates are routinely released earlier than scheduled. In 2005, inmates skipped out on 45 years of sentenced time.

The jail essentially operates as a felon only facility. And with a space for only 65 inmates, even felons are being released early.

The public safety portion of the governor´s Strategic Growth Plan would add 83,000 jail beds throughout the state.

Written by Vanessa Turner.