According to the report the county currently has 491 beds available at the Richmond Jail, 45 at the Martinez Detention Facility and 118 at the Marsh Creek detention facility. Some feel the county has more than enough vacant capacity and that there is no need to create more.
Jails throughout the state are currently in talks to build new lock ups or expand the ones they already have. Much of this talk began after the 2011 inmate realignment took hold, as it shifted many state prisoners to county custody. Corrections staff say the added space is needed for rehabilitation and educational programs which are geared toward inmates with longer-term sentences.
The Contra Costa County Sheriff has said his proposal, the West County Reentry and Mental Health Treatment Facility is in line with that thought process. Opponents continue to be skeptical, though, and point out only 25 percent of the total footprint will be allocated for those types of programs.