Monday, September 27, 2010

SLO County Supervisors, Can You Hear Me Now?

[You know what my favorite part of this story is? The Board of Supervisors are doing exactly what they are accusing Dan De Vaul of doing -- violating building codes... ahahahahahaha!]

TO: William Ausman, SLO County Personal Injury Attorney
Daniel J. O'neill, SLO County Personal Injury Attorney
Jeffrey Locke, SLO County Personal Injury Attorney
Jacqueline Frederick, SLO County Personal Injury Attorney

CC: Warren Jensen, Chief County Counsel, SLO County Government

DATE: 9/27/10

Dear Mr. Ausman, Mr. O'neill, Mr. Locke, and Ms. Frederick

I'm a local writer, and I just wanted to quickly let you know about a story that I am researching, that I think you are all going to find very, very interesting.

On my blog, SewerWatch, I recently published a story that shows how the SLO County women's jail facility is consistently overcrowded, and that puts the facility in violation of State building codes.

Just this past Tuesday, September 21, SLO County Supervisors were presented, by Chief Sheriff's Deputy, Rob Reid, with an option that would immediately solve the overcrowding problem, and, thereby, correct the building code violations.

The option is SB 959 -- a state law, signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2007, that allows counties in the state to enact a mandatory home detention program. The law was specifically designed to help counties that are experiencing jail overcrowding, to fix the problem in order to avoid litigation due to the overcrowding.

However, at Tuesday's meeting, after they were presented with the information involving SB 959, they did not enact a mandatory home detention program, as allowed by SB 959, that would have immediately solved the overcrowding at the women's jail.

So, here's the current situation:

The SLO County women's jail facility is currently overcrowded, and, therefore, in violation of state building codes.

SLO County Supervisors are aware of the overcrowding, and, last Tuesday, were presented with an option that would immediately remedy the illegal overcrowding -- SB 959 -- but they failed to adopt a mandatory home detention program at that meeting, which means they are aware of the overcrowding, AND aware that they can do something to immediately fix the problem, but are not doing it.

According to Reid at his presentation, there are currently about 55 inmates at the women's jail, and it has a maximum capacity of 43 inmates.

Apparently, the overcrowding has led to mattresses on the floor of the facility. That is illegal, according to state building codes.

Anyway, I just thought that SLO County-based personal injury attorneys would find all of this very interesting.

Just thinking out loud here... but I wonder what would happen if those 55 inmates, that are overcrowded in the jail, were to all of sudden start tripping over those illegal mattresses on the floor, when all it would take to get those mattresses off the floor would be a quick vote by county supervisors to adopt a mandatory home detention program?

Seems awfully negligent to me.

Here's the link to the audio of the 9/21/10 Supervisors' meeting:

You can hear Chief Deputy Reid present SB 959 beginning at the 2:32:00 mark.

You don't have to reply to this e-mail (unless you want to), I just wanted to make all of you aware of the current situation involving the overcrowded SLO County women's jail, the SLO County Board of Supervisors, and SB 959... thought it might be good for my story, and your business.

Thank you for your time,


[39 weeks down... 13 to go.]


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