Advocates are campaigning to defeat the budget proposal for jail renovation. They argue that the money could be better spent on affordable housing, mental health services, and other programs that would help keep people out of jail.
Click here for their website. You will find information on the remaining opportunities to register your opinion about budget proposals. Organizers polled country board supervisors about how they will vote on the jail renovation proposal and report their findings.
Click here for an article in Cap Times about a short-term training for employees of the correctional system and others in how to keep people with mental illness out of jail..
Click here for an article in Isthmus in which county and correctional officials respond to arguments from derail the jail advocates.
UPDATE: The County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution allowing borrowing for the jail renovation. Four supervisors voted against the resolution. Click here for the details.
UPDATE: Click here for an article describing the hopes and expectations of officials concerning jail diversion efforts.