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Musick Jail Expansion Gets Lake Forest OK

The City Council signs off on a deal that would let the Sheriff's Department make room for 1,850 more inmates and allow some medium-security prisoners in the facility.

The city of Lake Forest has agreed to a plan for expansion of the James A. Musick jail, which is in an area between Lake Forest and Irvine, according to a report in the Orange County Register.

The expansion would make room to house 1,850 more inmates at the minimum-security facility.

"This will really bring the Musick discussion to a close," the paper quotes Councilman Peter Herzog as saying.

The City Council took the unanimous action Tuesday on the agreement between the city, the county and the Sheriff's Department, but the county supervisors must approve the deal, which would allow some medium-security inmates in the jail. Read the full Register story here.

Myna B November 22, 2012 at 06:48 PM
It seems to me that the prison industry should follow the lead of other commercial sectors in order to reduce costs and address some of the issues mentioned above by moving some of their operations off shore. Inmates with, say 10 year or longer sentences, could be outsourced to off shore operations, possibly in China, Mexico or other country that would be willing to run a privatized prison operation in order to boost their local economy. This would increase room for low level offenders and reduce the operating cost to local governments and taxpayers.
Andromeda November 22, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Well shame on them for not staying informed, April. This subject has been adequately reported in the news. If the Musick neighbors elect to walk through life oblivious to what is happening around them - fine. Just don't complain later after the damage is done. They allowed it to happen through their apathy. Let them all eat cake.
Dave November 23, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Councilman Peter Herzog, who called the plan a "historic" development in the jail's long history. "This has been a long journey." Did he really say this? Why didnt the city council take the $900,000 spent on getting rid of the pot shops and put it towards fighting this Jail? There is no reason to have a Jail amid a residential neighborhood
Andromeda November 23, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Probably because pot eradication programs brings in big revenue from the Feds for the Sheriff's department. Not to mention the assets seized and sold following large marijuana drug busts. Even though the money is forfeited in the Federal courts the Feds share it with the local cops who participated in the bust. The ones who make money off the illegal drug trade are not only the cartels or the idiot who stands on the street corner selling dime bags. Why do you think the Feds still classify marijuana as a Class 1 narcotic like heroin while medical doctors with 13 years of higher education scratch their heads and laugh at them? FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!
Jim Richert November 23, 2012 at 05:37 PM
The City has been fighting this since the mid 1990's. I formed a citizens group Jail Alternatives to Musick (JAM) back then to help stop it, but the expansion was approved by the Board of Supervsiors (along with an airport at El Toro) back in 1996. We found alternative sites on private land the County hadn't considered up near the 241 and other areas. Then the City filed lawsuits against the EIR for the jail expansion and lost. The Supervisors at that time had no interest in listening to South County. This is probably the best deal the City can get considering all this, but it is somewhat meaningless as the County can expand the jail beyoind the agreement if they need to. This is probably why few people showed up to voice their opinions.

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