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Continue to be fully committed to running safe at the Solano County

The inmate population at the Solano County jail has jumped by almost 250 since 2011 due to non-violent convicts being transferred under new state regulations, a sheriffs department spokesman said.

The people housed in cells at the Sentenced Detention Facility in Fairfield reached 1,018 last week, up from 772 inmates in October 2011 when Californias state prison realignment program started, sheriffs spokesman Lt. Brad Dewall said Friday.

Under the states realignment law to reduce state prison populations, those arrested for less-serious, non-violent and non-sexual offenses must serve their sentences in the county jails, Dewall said.

Solano County Sheriff Thomas Ferrara decided on Friday to open an unoccupied, 80-bed section of the jail to handle the influx, Dewall said.

In a prepared statement, Ferrara said the states realignment mandate is one of the most significant challenges I have encountered in my 30-year law enforcement career.

I continue to be fully committed to running safe, humane and secure detention facilities here in Solano County, he said.

The sheriffs office is building a planned 362-bed adult detention facility set to open in July 2014, according to Dewall.

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Solano County Sheriff’s Office open the final 80-bed section at the Sentenced Detention Facility

The Solano County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that it has reopened the final unoccupied 80-bed section at the county’s Sentenced Detention Facility in Fairfield.

The opening occurred out of necessity due to the increasing jail population experienced by the Sheriff’s Office Custody Division since Public Safety Realignment legislation was introduced in October of 2011.

Under Realignment inmates serving time for non-serious, non-violent, noon-sexual offenses are now being directed to county facilities to serve their time, rather than state prisons, in order to ease overcrowding in the state’s prison system.

When Realignment began in October of 2011, the Solano County jail facilities held 772 inmates. During the last week, the inmate population in the Solano County Jail climbed as high as 1,018. On average, more than 40 percent of the inmates housed in the Solano County jail facilities are Realignment related offenders, officials said.

Sheriff Tom Ferrara made the decision to open the final 80-bed section at the Sentenced Detention Facility to address overcrowding concerns. Overcrowded conditions increase chances of assault on both staff and inmates, he said. Ferrara insisted he is committed to “running safe and secure jail operations for both inmates housed in, and staff assigned to work in, our detention facilities,” he said in a press release. Both detention facilities in Solano County are now fully open and operational.

Ferrara stated, “Realignment is one of the most significant challenges I have encountered in my 30 year law enforcement career. I continue to be fully committed to running safe, humane and secure detention facilities here in Solano County.”

The Solano County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of constructing a new 362-bed Adult Detention Facility scheduled to open in July of 2014. The project is currently on time and on budget.

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