Taking its first official stance on the issue, the City Council this week passed a resolution opposing plans to expand James A. Musick Branch Jail and convert it to a high-security prison.
Besides speaking against the proposed expansion, the council also voted to start the process of adding to or changing city ordinances to regulate jail site development.
A general plan amendment and zoning changes might be needed in case the debate over the jail expansion goes to court, city officials said.
"We basically need to cover all the bases," Mayor Richard T. Dixon said. "There's always an outside possibility that we have to get involved in litigation over the issue."