The Monterey County Probation Department announced Tuesday during the board of supervisors' meeting that they will be conducting a pre-trial study to combat inmates landing back in jail.

The probation department says it is a 20,000 dollar study and it will look at pre-trial sentencing trends and court procedures. The funding for the study will be coming from the AB109 prison realignment program within the state.

The study should take several weeks and Sheriff Scott Miller will also be meeting with community groups to further the study.  He hopes to address concerns about having more rehab programs in the county jail system.

board of supervisors meeting... new information on the effort to expand the monterey county jail!! the probation department is starting a 20- thousand-dollar study... 3 the study will look at "pre-trial sentencing trends" and court procedures... to possibly reduce the number of people *going to jail... and for how long. the study should take several weeks.### sheriff scott miller will also be meeting with community groups. he hopes to address concerns about having more rehab programs in the county jail system. ###