Calif. counties struggle to complete jail construction projects

California authorized $1.2 billion for jail construction in 2007, but not a single county in the state has completed a jail project since then. "The red tape is unbelievable," said Manuel Perez, corrections director for Madera County. The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state two years ago to reduce prison overcrowding, which has resulted in more prisoners being sent to county jails.

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