Solano County Reviews Procedures At Juvenile Detention Facilities

SOLANO COUNTY (KCBS) – Looking for different ways to save money, Solano County officials are examining the operation of juvenile detention facilities in the county as a way to cut costs.

The arraignment of juveniles is costing the county in terms of both transportation and security. Now, officials are looking into the possibility of videotaping arraignments, per a county grand jury report.

But Solano County Supervisor Linda Seifert said there are inherent problems with the plan.

“There simply isn’t the space or the ability to do that and to protect juveniles in a way that the sheriff’s office, their attorneys and the courts are satisfied with,” said Seifert.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

Seifert said she’s not discarding the possibility of someday having a video feed for the arraignment of minors, but believes further studies are needed.

According to the grand jury report, an estimated 2,400 juveniles are transported each year to courts in Solano County, requiring the use of vans and law enforcement officers.

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