Sheriff’s plan a bad idea, council says
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.