Counties throughout the state competed against one another for a much sought-after $80 million state jail grant which, if received, would allow them to expand current detention centers.
Contra Costa County was among those who were in the race, but a report by the Contra Costa Times indicates they lost that bid to Alameda County.
Had the monies been received locally, they would have been used to help expand the West County Detention Center. Some say their bid was hindered by a lawsuit that was filed by anti-incarceration activists, alleging there were problems with the environmental analysis.
Others feel the county lost out due to missing an important deadline.
Corrections officials say that the grant funding would have helped them relieve jail overcrowding at the Martinez Jail. At the current time, it’s unclear whether additional state grant funding will become available in the future.
Original story: Contra Costa Loses Out To Alameda On Jail Grant