Jail Costs Up, and Need Down

Didn’t Santa Barbara County vote down the proposed jail in 2000 by 61 percent to 39 percent, and didn’t our county again in 2010 vote down the same proposed jail by again 61 percent to 39 percent?

Hasn’t Prop. 47 been shown to have decreased county jail populations in California by nearly 10 percent since it passed in November 2014? Aren’t we anticipating, with treatment centers, to decrease our existing S.B. County jail population substantially?

Don’t we now have proposals to significantly reduce bail costs so that many fewer awaiting trial will be jailed as is done currently?

Can’t we bring down our recidivism rate, a disgrace at upward of 70 percent?

At the very least we should once more query the voters of this county as to their will now concerning a proposed jail.

We expect our supervisors to show wisdom and justice.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Body of Los Angeles Firefighter Found in Montecito Mountains

Captain Wayne Habell had been reported missing on August 13.

Natural Disaster Federal Loan Update

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low rates.

Laura’s Law Program Praised by County 

The Assisted Outpatient Treatment program tackles serious mental-health issues.

Front Fire Tops 1,000 Acres in Los Padres National Forest

Containment was estimated at 5% on Monday morning.

Runner-Up Protests City Pot Pick

SGSB says retail selection result was "manifestly unfair."