Prisonville

BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 12, 2014 @ 8:10 pm
Updated Dec 12, 2014 at 8:27 PM

ADELANTO — While the Adelanto City Council will vote on a fifth prison in the city next month, one politician thinks that is enough.

Newly elected Councilman Charley Glasper said Friday he is calling for a moratorium on prisons in the city. He’d like to see the moratorium go on the ballot so residents can vote on it.

“I think it’s important,” said Glasper. “We’re at the crossroads of decisions on prisons. I’ve heard the comments from citizens in Adelanto and down the hill. Personally, deep down inside — yes, I think we do have enough prisons in Adelanto.”

Glasper and three other councilmembers on Wednesday night approved a development deal to construct a 125-acre jail facility that could ease prison overcrowding in Los Angeles County by housing more than 3,000 inmates in Adelanto. Another jail agreement will head to the council in late January and Glasper said he doesn’t intend to block it because it was already in the works when he took his seat.

“I’m talking about putting it on subsequent to these two prison actions — whether up or down,” Glasper said. “There will be no more prisons coming to Adelanto because of the moratorium, as far as I’m concerned.”

Glasper explained that he voted to approve the L.A. County jail plan because he sees it as the only real option to combat the city’s $2.6 million deficit.

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