Grant could help fund jail expansion

Todd Road Jail has room to grow

POSTED: 05:59 PM PDT Jul 17, 2013    UPDATED: 09:07 PM PDT Jul 17, 2013 
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SANTA PAULA. Calif. -

The Todd Road Jail in Santa Paula is surrounded by open space and agriculture.

Sheriff Geoff Dean is moving forward with a plan to apply for a grant to help pay for jail expansion plans.

Tuesday, Ventura County supervisors supported a plan to apply for the grant that would require some matching funds.

The expansions plan includes a medical unit and more than 60 beds.

Overcrowding has been a problem at jails in the wake of the state's realignment plan.

Realignment led to longer sentences served in county jails.