The Shasta County Board of Supervisors community workshop on public safety took place on Wednesday, growing community outreach to help find solutions. Members from all around the county joined together to form solutions to problems facing the community. The board of supervisors chambers was packed in as community members from all around the county addressed the board on issues concerning community safety. Many community activists and board members agreed that coming out of this meeting a new direction for the county must take shape.
The main issue on the table is jail space, of the surrounding counties with similar populations, Shasta County has the smallest available beds by far and the highest daily occupancy rate of over 95 percent. This wasn’t the only issue facing the public today, mental health service, sheriff patrols, and rehabilitation were also discussed as ways to fix issues in the community. While those parts were important, the main point of this meeting was the community discussion
Many members of the community spoke up for the protection of citizens and to strengthen Shasta counties public safety but ultimately it is up to the board of supervisors to make the final decision. As public comment continued one message became clear… no matter what something has to be done. And that meeting is still going on at this hour so we will continue to monitor its progress and share information with you as it comes in.
UPDATE: The meeting finished shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday evening. While no solid plan was reached for addressing issues, the public and councilmembers continued to lay out ideas more clearly in the hopes of moving forward once a plan can be agreed upon.