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County rejects plan for state to hand over mentally ill probationers

Posted: September 21, 2011 10:27 a.m.
Updated: September 21, 2011 10:27 a.m.

County supervisors unanimously rejected a proposal for the state to release to the Probation Department mentally ill probationers without providing mental health records in advance.

"With less than two weeks before the inmates arrive, the county is bracing for a catastrophic fiscal hit and a spike in crime," Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said as the board voted Tuesday.

"The state's funding methodology is a veiled attempt to balance its own budget on the backs of counties across the state," Antonovich said.

"It's stupid for the state to provide enough funding for only 1,600 jail beds when as many as 8,200 beds may be needed in the first year alone."

"However, the board's action sends a strong message to
the state that we will not allow them to dump their severely mentally ill prisoners on the county," he added.

"The state's reckless realignment plan shifting responsibility for thousands of parolees and felons will impact every neighborhood in the state."



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