Stan Sniff did not plan to fail, he failed to plan. His own words in an August 10, 2008 editorial in the Riverside Press Enterprise damn him: (Note, I had to get an archived copy as it appears to no longer be easily accessible on their website)
The Riverside County jail system – so absolutely critical and so central to our local criminal justice system – is in crisis. Today, much of the deterrent effect of serving time is lost. The system fails to deal adequately with recidivism or repeat offenders, it fails to meet the needs of our courts – already choked with cases and inadequately staffed with judges – and it fails to meet the needs of local law enforcement agencies that embrace the tenets of community-oriented policing. Like many other aspects of our county infrastructure that have lagged as a direct byproduct of our meteoric growth, our current jails have not kept pace in their capacity to handle the work flow.
Our preliminary estimates are that a decade from now Riverside County jails will need close to 10,000 beds to meet the needs of our criminal justice system. Part of that estimate is driven by our need to fully restore our county jail system by designing it to meet one critical component – rehabilitation
In 2007, our jails were forced to release more than 6,000 inmates because of overcrowding. This practice started several years ago due to the increasing workload on our criminal justice system, with some inmates serving only days of a one-year sentence. In some cases, inmates released early preyed on Inland Empire communities. Legal bed capacity and other formal requirements of our jails are established by the state of California and are not left to local discretion.
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