I am struck by a simple fact: 70% of all Californians held in County jail on any given day are awaiting trial, not convicted.
It costs about $100 per day to keep a person awaiting trial in jail for one day compared with about $2.50 per day to put the same person on electronic monitoring, according to “Public Safety: California at a Crossroads” by Allen Hopper.
The United States incarcerates a much higher percentage of its population than any other country on earth and major American thinkers and law-makers throughout the country are re-assessing our sentencing and incarceration policies.
Let’s consider this issue carefully now before we commit to a $100 million San Mateo County jail which may not be needed by the time it is finished if national and state policy has shifted.
Redwood City, CA 94061
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