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Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center

    Subject of Investigation

    Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC), is located at 12500 Bruceville Road, Elk Grove, on a 140 acre site. It houses both male and female inmates. RCCC offers both minimum and medium security facilities and is the primary custody facility for inmates sentenced to county jails from Sacramento Courts.

    Reason for Investigation

    California Penal Code section 919(b) requires the Grand Jury to inquire annually into the condition and management of the public prisons within the county. An essential element of these inquiries is an inspection tour of each facility.

    Procedures

    The Grand Jury visited the facility at RCCC, was briefed by the staff, toured the buildings and grounds and reviewed documents.

    Findings

    A new state-of-the-art facility is nearing completion which will provide 448 new beds. Construction costs have been subsidized by eight million dollars in federal grants. In addition to the county inmates, RCCC will also house state and federal inmates under contract with the state and federal governments.

    Overcrowding, which has been a problem in the past, does not seem to be a factor at this time; both male and female facilities were operating at two-thirds capacity.

    Inmate processing and security appeared to be done in a very professional manner. Maintenance and housekeeping were excellent considering the advanced age of several of the buildings. Medical and dental facilities provide a high level of care and are easily accessible.

    Educational programs are offered through Elk Grove Unified School District and vocational programs. These classes are funded primarily through California Average Daily Attendance funds. One class taught stress management techniques to the inmates. One of the participants volunteered that he had taken this sort of class on several occasions and had learned more in the first session at RCCC than he had learned in entire classes taken elsewhere. Several other participants agreed with him. The effectiveness of the education services is not being tracked to evaluate impact on inmates' recidivism.

    A new cooking program is planned but had not yet begun because the completion of the building project had been delayed by vernal pool environment problems.

    In November, 1999, the County Board of Supervisors approved $1.7 million dollars to construct a 12-foot high, double perimeter fence around the RCCC Center.

    Recommendations

    1. It would be beneficial to track the participants in the classes to determine whether the information and skills they learned were helpful and aided in their successful re-entry into society.

    2. It would also be of value if additional classes-both vocational and self-improvement types-could be offered.

    3. RCCC is to report back to the Grand Jury on the procedures it recommends to implement a tracking system on the effectiveness of the vocational and self-improvement educational program for inmates upon return to society.

    Response Required

    The Penal Code requires that a response to the recommendation
    contained in this Report be submitted to the Presiding Judge
    of the Sacramento Superior Court by September 30, 2000, from:

      · Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

1999/2000 Sacramento County Grand Jury - Final Report (Internet Version) June 30, 2000

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