COOK BILL WOULD TO RESTORE COUNTY JAIL FUNDING

COOK BILL WOULD TO RESTORE COUNTY JAIL FUNDING

COOK BILL WOULD TO RESTORE COUNTY JAIL FUNDING
State Assemblyman Paul Cook, the former Mayor of Yucca Valley, has introduced a bill to restore jail funding to the County. Reporter Dan Stork takes a closer look at the legislation…
Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) has introduced AB 1556 to restore $16 million in jail funding to San Bernardino County by the end of 2012. Previously, legislation was passed that required counties that had received state construction funding for jails to give it up, and reapply under a different program that would require the county to put up 10% of the cost. According to a press release from Cook’s office, the Adelanto Detention Center expansion project was the only jail construction project in the state affected by this change. In line with this unique treatment, AB 1556 doesn’t mention San Bernardino County by name, but simply gives $16 million to “any qualified county.” Cook’s press release berates the state for its unfair treatment of the county. The jail project has been touted as a job-creator for the Adelanto area. Adelanto is not within the 65th Assembly district currently represented by Cook. But as a result of re-districting, it does lie within the congressional district for whose seat he is campaigning.

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