If the Taft Community Correctional Facility was good enough for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to consider for its overflow, medium-security inmates, why isn't the local prison good enough for Kern County?
L.A. County pulled out of its $55 million deal when Supervisor Gloria Molina got spooked by Taft's ongoing litigation with the state over the facility's closing in October 2011. That didn't seem like a deal-killer to us, but whatever. Meanwhile, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood is still dealing with an at-capacity county jail, where some inmates are serving only 25 percent of their sentences as a result of California's prison realignment chaos.
Taft officials say they will begin talks with state prison authorities about housing their overflow inmates, but it would make sense to check with Youngblood first. He has budgeting challenges, but he has prisoner challenges too.