SANTA ANA — Renovations planned at a Los Angeles detention center have prompted a proposal going before the Santa Ana City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 1, to house an additional 173 inmates for two years at Santa Ana Jail – a transfer that could aid the facility, which is operating at a loss, while a reuse study is completed.
If approved, the transfer would nearly double the population at the 512-bed jail. As of Monday morning, the facility housed 200 inmates, Jail Administrator Christina Holland said.
The U.S. Marshal’s Service, one of two agencies that still have a contract at the jail, requested immediate approval of the transfer under terms of its existing agreement to pay $105 per day for each inmate. All would be pre-trial inmates under custody of the Marshal’s Service or the Bureau of Prisons, the other agency with a contract at the jail.
Besides the proposal for additional bed space, the Marshal’s Service general population at the jail increased by about 75 inmates, generating a projected $2.8 million for the city in fiscal year 2017-18. Combined, they will bring an estimated $8 million to the city during the fiscal year, according to a city staff report.
To accommodate the new inmates, the jail operations budget would need to increase by $6.1 million to add personnel positions. The bolstered jail operations would prevent 26 correctional officer position layoffs “and provide additional time needed to implement jail reuse options, and/or negotiate housing agreements with Federal and State agencies,” the staff report states.
If council members support the proposal, the jail’s net operating deficit for fiscal year 2017-18 would be reduced by $4 million. For fiscal year 2017-18, $2.2 million more – representing a year of revenue from all the anticipated inmates – would be…