Sheriff closing Oakland jail, moving inmates to Santa Rita in Dublin

Office cites budget shortfall, says there's room at Santa Rita to take on inmate increase

The Glen Dyer Jail in Oakland is expected to close in June because of budgetary concerns, Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern announced last Friday.

The jail at 550 Sixth St. is expected to close by June 1, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

Nelson said the closure is something the sheriff has been considering for some time.

"We hope that this will alleviate some of our budget shortfall," he said, adding that it will reduce overtime and provide inmates with better medical care.

Inmates at the Glen Dyer Jail will be moved to the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said when the inmates are moved will not be made public for safety and security reasons.

Kelly said he expects all the inmates will be moved before the end of June.

Nelson said there is room at the Santa Rita Jail for the inmates from Oakland so crowding will not be an issue.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by old guy
a resident of Willow West
on May 1, 2019 at 9:56 am

Granted, I do not have all the data. However this move seems to benefit Oakland and place further burden on the Tri-Valley cities. Now we can experience even more prisoner transportation vehicles on our already crowded freeways. How does it make sense to move these prisoners further away from the courts where most will have to appear? If you have ever commuted on the I580 corridor you have seen the buses, vans and other vehicles used to transport prisoners to and from Oakland and now those numbers will increase. In addition, what will the Oakland location be used for?

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Posted by Worried
a resident of Parkside
on May 1, 2019 at 10:44 am

This will just add to the many problems at Dublin BART! Police need to get a handle on the issue of homeless people at BART

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Posted by Why?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2019 at 11:45 am

Economy on fire, record tax revenues and there is a budget shortfall? Why? Where did the tax windfall go? And don’t say the 3% @ 50 retirement plan. Our heroes deserve that and more! It should be more like 5%@40 and just close all the jails and let the criminals run free. I for one applaud the courage of our heroes and don’t think retirement @ 50 with full pay is excessive at all. Don’t our heroes deserve a second home in Tahoe while they are still young enough to enjoy it? And working in law enforcement after retirement is NOT double dipping. And if you think it is you should be arrested for not supporting our heroes. I propose right now a 5% increase in property taxes to support our heroes.

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