My Word: Contra Costa needs more services not more jail cells

By Judith Tannenbaum

PUBLISHED: March 27, 2017 at 11:32 am | UPDATED: March 27, 2017 at 11:33 am
One year, during the Great Recession, most San Francisco public schools couldn’t afford to offer summer school. The city’s Juvenile Justice Center, however, was mandated to provide schooling all year round. Therefore, that summer, if a San Francisco teenager wanted or needed to attend summer school, she had to get herself locked up in juvenile hall.
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Will East Bay jail give ICE space under ‘sanctuary state’ bill?

Long-standing lucrative jail contracts between California sheriff’s departments and federal agencies could unravel if state legislators pass a bill barring local law enforcement from cooperating with immigration authorities, critics of the legislation said Tuesday.

Counties entering into such deals can earn millions a year housing potential deportees, but the contracts have drawn controversy. Opponents want them torn up, arguing that the revenue they generate isn’t worth damage to trust in immigrant communities who may view local agencies as an arm of immigration.

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