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500 Inmates Will Be Released Due to Sheriff Layoffs

500 Inmates Will Be Released Due to Sheriff Layoffs

The Fresno Bee via YellowBrix

January 13, 2010

FRESNO, CA – Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said Tuesday she will close three floors of the jail and release up to 500 inmates early to help her solve a budget problem.

Mims plans to lay off 69 correctional officers by Feb. 8. In recent days, the jail has released more than 150 inmates early in anticipation of the closed floors, which will cut jail capacity nearly in half to about 1,800 beds, she said.

Her decision to close three of four jail floors in the north annex drew criticism from some county supervisors, who said she should have made cuts sooner. It also sparked concern among law-enforcement officials, who said the early releases will place the public at risk.

Supervisor Henry Perea, who launched a discussion of the layoffs during Tuesday’s board meeting, said he hopes to get Mims, union representatives and other county officials to consider other options for closing the budget gap.

“I don’t support the closure of one jail floor,” said Perea. He said the releases will create safety risks, in particular because they will happen at the same time the state plans to release other inmates.

The public became aware of Mims’ budget gap last week, but some say Mims should have addressed the shortfall months ago. A Nov. 10 report by county staff said she was facing a deficit for the budget year ending June 30.

Supervisor Susan Anderson said Mims should have made cuts sooner. The less time remaining in the budget year, the more employees must be cut.

But most supervisors have been inclined to let Mims manage her own budget. That decision is backed by a recent county counsel opinion that says the state constitution gives her that responsibility, while the board is responsible for setting her budget.

Mims said declines in sales-tax revenue have given her a $3.9 million budget gap for the fiscal year ending June 30.

That figure is lower than the $6.5 million deficit she reported last week.

Mims said she found other ways to offset some of the anticipated deficits. Those include tapping asset forfeiture funds and canceling planned promotions and hires.

Mims expects to save $2.9 million in the fiscal year ending June 30 by laying off the correctional officers.

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  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I think making agencies make these cuts is the worst idea. Make cuts in the county somewhere else, not in public safety. I still say they should start making inmates pay to stay, it may not pay off right away but there will be more money and people making more effort to avoid jail.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    WHAT???? Release early???? I give up, what are we going to do with these clowns when they hit the streets and they violate the law again? Ticket them and send them on their way, RIGHT!!!! Plan ahead seems like it fell to the wayside.

  • Radio2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    They should find other ways to handle this. The release of these inmates is a bad idea and it would put the public at risk...

  • New_badge_max160_max50


    over 4 years ago


    ............God bless Texas.......

  • Police_car_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This is what happens when people don't want to pay taxes. They don't get basic services.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I think they should all beddown with the govenor...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I think it's called the Revolving Door uh door, uh door. and finally it's getting late....

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    thanks for the info poker en francais

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    We haven't had a Democratic controlled senate for very long. 184retired, it is difficult for me to believe that you actually believe that. Democratic vs Republican controlled senate. Check the dates.

  • Gods_team_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Any guesses on when these cons will be back to the Jail? Talk about the entire state of Cali acting stupidly.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Anyone want to bet how long it will take to fill the jail back up?

  • Draped_badge_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Alfonso in answer to your quesion The Democratic controlled senate wrecked our economy...The President is just helping as a figure head.

  • Mourning_badge_max50


    over 4 years ago


    How long do you think it will be before all the crooks that are released early are back in the same cells they are closing now? New victims, same old thugs.

  • 25-1-13-a_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Word of the day: STUPID

  • American_first_responder2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Empowering an "Emergency Powers Act for Release of Offenders due to OverCrowding" is one thing, but now it is the result of a lack of proper budget funds that a huge release shall occur, as well as laying off staff needed to add to the quality of life and safety and security of an institution...WOW! I am like a few other's that have voiced their opinion on this unfortunate news, as a result of budget constraints. I do not feel that we will cease to hear or read about more of these types of layoffs in the USA. Our economy shall dictate what must be, and all we can do is pray that God shows mercy and heals our land. We are unfortunately a nation that has turned our backs on God and now the destruction of America is on the rise. One would think that people would face the facts and that is to abide by the word of God, our Bible. We can turn a blind eye, or deafen our thoughts and hearing, but the reality is...unless mankind seeks a better standing with our Heavenly Father that can heal our land and stop this exchange of economical struggle, then we have to drop our pride and Kneel and pray. Without prayer, and placing our priority toward worshipping the Kingdom of God, then we will continue to see more and more of the wrath of God poured out upon the world, as well as right here in our land. God is a merciful, Heavenly Father, but he will not stand to being left out of our lives, nor the lives of our Government Leaders in the USA. A majority of persons voted into office the Government Leaders we have, and opted for "Change", well the change doesn't include abiding by the will and desire of what God teaches in his word. I pray for these Correctional Officer's and their families as well as the other's that will lose their jobs, as result of the growing economical struggle and find themselves standing in an employment line with the hundreds of others that are there due to a collapsing economy. Laugh at me for writing the truth if you will, but the problems shall grow grim and worsen without the awesome power of God in charge of our land that was once the envy of all foreign nations around the globe...but even this is dwindling as a result of our superpower that is declining and this fact is in the News Media each and everyday.
    In Romans, the 13TH Chapter, it depicts the truth, about our no Government is in place without the will of the Lord. So, let us stand United and pray according to John 14:14, in the name of Jesus that God shall come to our aid, before complete ruin and destruction happens otherwise in America.
    My prayers go out to the LEO's in this area that shall surely have their workload increased just to maintain and keep the peace and order of their venue over these releases.

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