RICHMOND (KCBS)— A plan to expand the Contra Costa County jail in Richmond is coming under fire from an East Bay lawmaker.
State Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, believes the money for jail construction should be used for more programs that would reduce incarcerations.READ MORE: UPDATE: Police Arrest Suspect After Knife-Wielding Man Flees 2-Alarm Apartment Fire In San Francisco Castro District
The county has been discussing the West County Detention Facility for several years.
“My office and other legislators were very involved with the county, and then they first developed their plan,” Hancock said.READ MORE: Third Stimulus Check: Will Your Next Relief Payment Be $1,400?
She said they need prevention programs, education and job training more than a new jail.
“I’ve heard from everyone that they think this isn’t needed. [That] it would be a misplacement of needed money to do things that could have much more beneficial results for the community.MORE NEWS: Vaccination Site Near Golden Gate Fields Open Friday After Closure Due to Protest
The plan for the jail’s expansion is scheduled to go before Richmond City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting.