Edward Flores, Santa Clara County's chief of correction, said his department is working to correct issues at Elmwood but that county funding has constrained efforts for many years.
"We've had to do more with less," Flores
said, adding over the last few years the DOC has been directed to reduce its departmental budget by $28 million. Flores
said although the DOC each year submits proposals to county officials for capital improvement funding, the jail doesn't always receive those monies.
"We compete against a lot of other departments in the county for funding," he
As to security issues, Flores
department is continually working to correct any known deficiencies. He
said new security fencing, alarms as well as a renovated control room were advancing as funds allowed.Overall, Flores
believed Elmwood is a secure facility that poses a minimal threat to Milpitas residents.
"I do believe it's a secure facility, but there's always room to improve," Flores
added the city of Milpitas is bringing in new residential development, which is shrinking the buffer between the jail and residents.
"The community has grown up around us," Flores