A local grand jury has commended the San Diego Sheriff’s Department for doing an excellent job in managing the Las Colinas Jail. The inmate population at this facility has been steadily rising due to the implementation of Assembly Bill 109. AB 109, also known as the state’s inmate realignment program, was implemented in Oct. 2011. Under the mandate low level, non serious and non sexual offenders are being transferred from state prisons to county facilities.
San Diego Sheriff’s Department officials have said that county jails were initially meant to hold pre-trial detainees and inmates who have been sentenced to serve less than 1 year. This has changed since the realignment went into effect. A department spokesperson has confirmed the the Las Colinas Jail is adapting to holding more inmates for longer periods of time.
Many jails throughout the state are at or reaching capacity. A local grand jury had recommended housing all realigned prisoners in one location. This would allow for greater focus on training and rehabilitation programs for longer-stay detainees. It would also mean that changes would only need to be implemented in one location as opposed to all of the San Diego Jails.
In addition, the Las Colinas Jail is reportedly being expanded in order to accommodate the influx of female prisoners. The $221 million project is progressing on schedule. It is expected to be complete in early 2016.