Good riddance Bab's:
I am sending this “form” letter to you because I have received so many e-mails concerning the Day
Reporting Center that to answer individually is prohibitive. I first want to apologize for the lack of
communication regarding the DRC. We dropped the ball and are now trying to rectify it.
The meeting location for next Wednesday has been changed. It will now be held at McCormack Hall at
the fairgrounds at 7:00 P.M.. When I made the arrangements for using the Bay Terrace Theater I did not
know that is was not ADA compliant and it is required that all government meetings be held at places
that are accessible to all. Some of you want to know why it wasn’t held closer to downtown and the
answer to that is that City Hall is booked as well as the Library. Some of you don’t think a theater
arrangement is conducive to such a meeting so using McCormack Hall is the alternative. Also,
McCormack has plenty of parking and lots of security.
Many of you are concerned that Vallejo is a “dumping ground” for parolees. This just isn’t true. The
primary reason that parolees are in Vallejo is that this is where their families and friends live. Also, we
must acknowledge that the large supply of affordable housing makes Vallejo an attractive landing site as
the others cities in Solano have higher rental costs and less availability. No one can dictate to a parolee
what city they have to live in.
The parolees that will be using the Day Reporting Center will be carefully screened and assessed. They
will not have been convicted of a violent crime, nor will they be sex offenders. The goal is to stop the
“revolving door” of jail-prison-community and instead provide a path to self-sufficiency and
responsibility through the programs that will be offered at the DRC. These include such things as anger
management, drug and alcohol addiction, getting a GED, mental health services, and job
training/employment. DRCs in other communities have proved to be very successful in reducing
recidivism and that is our expectation.
Solano County has just broken ground on a new 70+million dollar jail. The cost of running this new jail is
substantial. The Claybank jail is slated to become the Day Reporting Center for Fairfield after the new jail
is up and running. We can choose to do things the same old way and keep building and staffing jails or
we can try new approaches that are more cost effective as will have better results as well as maximizing
I am hoping that by the end of next Wednesday’s meeting that you will see that this is a great
opportunity for Vallejo.