"A Fight for Reform" - Pierre Salinger - San Francisco Chronicle

"A Fight for Reform" - Pierre Salinger - San Francisco Chronicle

Modesto Aroused By Its Rotten Jail

by: Pierre Salinger | publication date: February 10, 1953 | Publication: San Francisco Chronicle | pages: 1

". . .As county jails go, the Stanislaus jail at Modesto is among the worst in California. Sheriff Dan Kelsey, who took office two years ago, is the first to acknowledge this. The structure was built in 1910 to house 40 prisoners. Today, it has a daily average of 133 prisoners - and one day last year the total reached 200. . ."

In a supplementary article to the California County Jails Expose, Salinger reports on tentative plans to renovate Stanislaus county jail at Modesto, adding to it a penal farm.

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