Civilian Monitoring of Correctional and Enforcement Operations

Supervisor Simitian’s concern about the safety and effectiveness of the County jails began long before 2015, when serious and ongoing events in the County jails required the County Board’s action and intervention. The Blue-Ribbon Commission on Improving Custody Operations made numerous recommendations for jail improvements, strongly advocating for an Office of Corrections and Law Enforcement Monitoring to oversee jail procedures and practices. In 2018 Supervisor Simitian authored the ordinance which provided for this oversight. In October 2019, the County Board of Supervisors chose OIR Group to head this office, which reports directly to them.

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