SHASTA COUNTY, Calif - The Shasta County Sheriff's Office is looking into new ways to create space in their already overflowing jail.
The sheriff's office is currently working with the department of health and human services to research a plan called the "Adult Diversion Program."
The program could potentially remove hundreds of people from the jail who are chronically homeless or have substance abuse problems.
"It helps free up bed space it helps address the issues with people with addiction disorders and if we can get those straightened out then also have an impact on the community of reducing crime," said Sheriff Bosenko.
At this time the sheriff's office says 4 people are arrested every day because of these petty crimes, which add up to 1,500 inmates a year.
The program would not only remove the individuals from the jail but give them the treatment they need.
"It would include some housing similar to like a homeless shelter and then also rehabilitation for those with addiction disorder to help take a load off from the jail and get those needing assistance for their addiction disorder's some assistance," said Bosenko.
This isn't the only program the sheriff's office is looking into, Sheriff Bosenko says they plan on heading down to Santa Cruz to look at the booking program.
"Instead of the bookings occurring at the jail a cooperative person that is either intoxicated, under the influence of drugs or driving under the influence driving impaired is taken to this facility which is right across the street from the jail, they are held there for a number of hours. Until they are sober and then they are cited and released," said Bosenko.
The sheriff adds, this, could lead to an increase in people failing to appear in court.
So, they're still looking into every possibility to solve the overcrowding problem.
"We are constantly looking at ways to increase jail bed space and reduce the impacts of crime and reduce crime here in Shasta County," said Boseneko.