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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, June 6, 2012 1A AB 109, from page 1A county's criminal justice sys- tem to its limit -- financially and physically. The result of AB 109 is that many non-violent felons now serve their sentences in the county jail instead of in state prison. County leaders say the money Plumas gets from the state doesn't come close to covering the added cost of realignment. The financial impact on Plumas County has been far-reaching as the county jail quickly reaches its legal capacity. During the executive com- mittee's Thursday, May 31, meeting, members addressed a number of AB 109-related issues facing the county. The committee, which also includes the district attorney, sheriff and a public defender, addressed jail overcrowding, flash incarceration, inmate drug and alcohol services, staffing, electronic monitor- ing and other issues associated with AB 109. They also recommended the Board of Supervisors re-appoint Public Health Director Mimi Hall to the executive committee. The supervisors replaced Hall with Social Services Director Elliott Smart after Hall resigned in March. How- ever Hall, who is administer- ing the revival of the county's Alcohol and Drug program, has since rescinded her resig- nation. Jail capacity The Plumas County Jail is currently out of compliance with a 1992 consent decree. The federal decree, which resulted from a 1989 class- action lawsuit, placed mini- mum staffing requirements on the jail. Sheriff Greg Hagwood said the jail, which was expanded to 67 beds in the early 1990s, would be operating outside the decree if it houses more than 37 people. In addition to cutting the jail's current capacity almost in half, Hagwood s ai;d the. decree prohibits the county from doing "flash incarcera- tions." That means re-offenders "We seem to have pretty good cooperation" Craig Settlemire County Counsel can't be jailed unless a magis- trate approves their incarcera- tion within 48 hours. County Counsel Craig Settlemire, who attended the executive committee meet- ing, said his office is trying to get the decree lifted. He said that although "we seem to have pretty good coopera- tion" from the attorneys who filed the class-action suit, the process could take two months or more. Until the decree is lifted, the jail's capacity is legally limited to 37 beds. Hagwood said the jail is close to the limit right now. Hagwood said his office would need to hire at least five additional corrections Officers to become compliant. Settlemire agreed with Hagwood that adding addi- tional officers could help get the consent decree lifted. But he added the county probably wouldn't face major sanctions if it temporarily surpassed the limit. "Under the circumstances, it would seem unlikely that somebody would bring a contempt proceeding if we were to exceed the 37 (in- mates in the jail)," Settlemire told the committee. "But I agree with the sheriff's comments that it's probably better to approach this on a conservative basis. And secure the approval and agreement of the other party in the consent decree before we go over the 37." More corrections officers ,. Reinert said the probation epaz:tment was willing to use some of its state funding from AB 109 to help the jail add at least one new correc tions officer. The gesture was substan- tial, considering the proba- tion department is also facing a shortage of staff. Hagwood told Reinert he appreciated the offer. Hagwood added.the Board of Supervisors is aware of the problem. "I know the Board of Super- visors are acutely aware of it and have been supportive," Hagwood said. "We need to look at where the county is in their finances and their ability to do that." Alcohol and Drug services Hall, who hadn't been officially re-appointed to the executive committee, attended the meeting as a member of the public. She offered encouraging news about the county's drug court. The county doesn't currently have alcohol and drug services. So judges cannot render split sentences. People are serving their entire sentences in the jail instead of having the ability to serve part of their sentence in a drug and alcohol program. Hall said that could soon change. She said the county is final- izing a contract with Dianne Marshall who is going to help return drug court services to Plumas County. Marshall is currently the executive director of the California Collaborative Justice Foundation. "She is like the mother of drug courts," Hall said. "I was very impressed with her. She said 'I'll take you guys from nothing to great' and that's what she likes to do." Hall said that despite having a strong person in charge of the program, she wasn't planning to rush the process. She said it was important to make sure the program is established correctly and not have to go back and fix it later. Hall said she expected Marshall to begin working for the county in June. "She thinks we can have every- thing we need in place in about three months," Hall added. i00-0000Farmers' Market] is on the way! Every Thursday- 4:30 - 7:30 pm June 14 d September 13 of Church and Main "Providing personalized caw since 1990" WE'RE MOVING Please stop by and check out our new facilities. Beginning June 4, we will be open at 2077 E. Main Street, Quincy (old Curves building) "We will continue to offer all of our professional services." We look Forward to your visit. Greenville Fax 284-1666 284-1667 Quincy 283-0311 Fax 283-0314 Plumas granddaughzer wins. 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