A grand jury report in Napa County has called for a new, state-of-the-art facility be built to not only address capacity, but mental health, rehabilitation, and education needs as well. The current jail was built in 1975 and needs to increase its capacity by at least 50 percent by 2025 to keep up with demand.
But the report goes a step further than simply addressing physical deficiencies in the system, citing records and computer systems that prevent meaningful statistics on recidivism from being extracted from inmate records.
The current jail was designed to house 264 inmates, but has peaked at 305 inmates since it opened.
Read the article at the Napa Valley Register.