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The $100,000 bed
About a week ago someone sent me a story in the Pahrump Valley Times about a proposed new jail. For those not familiar with Pahrump, it is a town of about 25,000 located about 60 miles west of Las Vegas. The County Commissioners decided to issue $25.5 million in general obligation bonds for the project.  The proposed jail would hold about 225 people.  That turns out to be $113,000 per bed.    The report noted that the County "will take advantage of Build America Bonds under the American…
Justice Policy Journal - Volume 2, Number 1 - Summer 2005
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Waiver of Juveniles to Criminal Court: Judicial Discretion and Racial Disparity The View From the Other Side of the Fence: Incarcerated Women Talk about Themselves Focus on Family and Fatherhood: Lessons from Fairfax County's Responsible Fatherhood Program for Incarcerated Dads Doing Jail Time: The Socialization Process of a County Jail Environment From the editor By Randall G. Shelden, M.A., Ph.D. From the Editor I would like to welcome…
The Pods of Elmore County: A Glimpse Into the Rhetoric Behind the Juvenile Crime Bill
The Pods of Elmore County: A Glimpse Into the Rhetoric Behind the Juvenile Crime Bill
Prioritizing Incarceration: Does San Francisco Need a Jail on Treasure Island?

An analysis of the need for a new women's jail in San Francisco determines there is no justifiable reason to build one.

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: The story of jail funding in San Francisco

San Francisco's fiscal decisions in the 1990's made trade offs between needed social services and jail construction.

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