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Advocacy Groups Criticize $500 Million In Local Jail Funding

Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

Pelican Bay State Prison

Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

(AP) - Sixteen different advocacy groups are criticizing the way a state board is distributing $500 million for the construction of local jails.

They say decisions made by a Board of State and Community Corrections committee could let counties use the money to replace aging jails, instead of adding new space for rehabilitation programs as state lawmakers intended.

They also fear counties may not have the money to operate the jails once they open.

They say the board-appointed committee did not allow enough public review as members crafted documents for counties to apply for the money.

The board is set to vote on the final document Wednesday.

Board deputy director Magi Work says board members held four public hearings. She expects counties to build rehabilitation space rather than seeking to add new cells.