San Francisco braces for hundreds of state inmates 

Creating more city jobs, increasing electronic monitoring, opening up a new center -- these are some of the steps being taken as The City prepares for the state budget plan known as realignment. Beginning Oct. 1, San Francisco’s county jail and probation department will receive an estimated 646 state inmates.

On Tuesday the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved San Francisco’s state-required realignment plan, and the allocation of $5.7 million in state funds to help pay for the costs of taking over supervision of the inmates.

The spending plan includes $860,789 on a Community Assessment and Service Center for probationers to attend for services and drug testing.  San Francisco has already allocated $4.7 million to pay for an increase of jail-bed usage, including $700,000 to pay for more electronic monitoring of inmates. It’s estimated The City will need an additional $3.5 million.

It is projected 225 state inmates will actually end up in County Jail, while 421 will be in the community under some form of supervision, which could include electronic monitoring.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who is running for sheriff and held numerous hearings on the realignment plan, asked Mayor Ed Lee during question time Tuesday about the plan.

“Our hope and our expectation is that we can provide the supervision and services to keep these individuals from re-offending,” Lee said. He said that he had “complete confidence” in San Francisco’s public safety departments to “effectively manage this transition.”

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