Expanding Musick Jail to 8,000 beds said to be unjustified.
By SONYA SMITH IRVINE WORLD NEWS
The City Council is unanimous: nearby Musick Jail should not be expanded to 8,000 beds.
The council started its Tuesday meeting with a study session on the Sheriff’s plans to expand the jail that lies near the Great Park and just over Irvine’s southern border.
Each member of the council took a moment to discuss how expanding the jail is a bad idea.
Larry Agran said there is "no justification whatsoever" for the bed increase.
He and other council members said the expansion seems like a way for the county to rent out surplus beds to other counties for a profit – namely Riverside County.
"Everything about this, to me, is a scheme," Agran said. "It will become a profit center for the county of Orange."
Mayor Beth Krom and City Manager Sean Joyce will discuss the expansion plans with the Sheriff’s Department.
It is not as important whether the County makes a profit on surplus beds, as it is having 8,000 major felons within blocks of residential homes. The jail is already land-locked and crowded by commercial buildings. There is not enough space within the fence line to adequately maintain the security of such a large facility.
MC in LF