Merced Sheriff Proposes Closing Main Jail

Written by 888BailBond Bondsman on May 18, 2011 – 4:25 am -

According to the Merced County Star, last week Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin suggested closing the main jail in order to help meet county budget cuts. Right now, the county is facing a $20 million budget crisis. To up the ante, Pazin also proposed the early release of 150-200 inmates and laying off 20 correctional officers and support staff at the jail.

Merced County Executive Officer Larry Combs requested that all department heads come up with a proposal with an aim at 20% budget cuts to help with the county’s shortfall. This will reduce the sheriff’s $40 million budget by $8 million. Pazin said that this “forces” him to make a proposal that he Read more »

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