Alameda County Supervisors will decide Tuesday during the regular board meeting whether to approve the transfer of 60 inmates from Monterey County's overcrowded jail to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

Monterey's jail population surged in February to about 1,160 inmates in a facility designed for 824.

On May 23, the Monterey County Public Defender's Office filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming conditions in the Monterey jail put the lives of staff and prisoners at risk.

Two days earlier, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors approved the transfer deal.

With room for 4,000, Santa Rita can easily absorb the 60-inmate transfer which will begin if both counties sign a contract that will end June 2014, with an option for three one-year extensions.

Monterey would pay the Alameda County Sheriff's Office between $85 and $125 a day per inmate. The rate will go down as the number of inmates under Santa Rita supervision increases, according to the report submitted to supervisors for Tuesday's board meeting.

Under the plan, Monterey County would select the inmates to be transferred and provide their criminal and medical history. Alameda County could reject inmates for security reasons, if their behavior proves "unmanageable" or ¿if they have medical issues requiring "excessive" inpatient or outpatient health care, or other reasons.

The inmates would receive the same medical care other Santa Rita inmates receive at Alameda County's cost, although the inmates may be charged a co-pay unless they are considered indigent.


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Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern said in the report that he has no plans to change the number of deputies at Santa Rita despite the increase and despite an already thinly stretched staff.

The proposal, which dates back to at least March, prompted opposition from the ACLU, which claims the relocation would squash opportunities to help keep inmates from landing back behind bars and is a crutch that shields Monterey County from reforms that reduce recidivism or letting inmates out on pretrial release.

The board of supervisors meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on the fifth floor of the Alameda County Administration Building, 1221 Oak St.