Media Advisory - Sheriff's Office & Jail Reform

MEDIA ADVISORY                      
August 17, 2021

 For More Information, Contact:
Jennifer Thrift, Office of County Supervisor Joe Simitian
(408) 299-5050 office, (408) 299-1277 cell
[email protected]

Mark Tiernan, Office of County Supervisor Otto Lee
(408) 299-5030 office, (669) 309-3219 cell
[email protected]

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DIRECTS RELEASE OF INFORMATION RELATED TO SHERIFF’S COUNTY JAIL OPERATIONS; REFERS MATTERS TO STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES

 Today the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors took action to make information related to the County jail and operations of the Sherriff’s Office available to the public, and referred a wide range of issues to the U.S. Department of Justice, the California Attorney General, the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury, and the California Fair Political Practices Commission. The motion put forth by Supervisors Joe Simitian and Otto Lee was approved unanimously.

Click HERE for the original referral link, or a downloadable PDFpresented at the meeting. Recommendations a. – h. are the action items. 

The referral was approved with the following amendments:

  • Refer these matters to the U.S. Department of Justice (in addition to the Office of the Attorney General, State of California).
  • Ensure the U.S. Department of Justice referral incorporates equity issues.
  • Provide the Board of Supervisors with a status report on the County’s 2016 suicide prevention practices recommendations.

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