Steps Taken: The Sheriff’s Office has established Inmate Advisory Councils to assist with communication between inmates and jail administration. The Sheriff’s Office has held two Inmate Advisory Council (IAC) meetings at Elmwood and one at Main Jail. The next meetings will be in July 2017. The Sheriff’s Office has also begun regular meetings with advocacy groups to discuss operational changes so that they can help to communicate information to inmates and their families.
In March, the Sheriff’s Office began utilizing Monthly Inmate Information Bulletins in the facilities. Updates are broadcasted on the televisions in the housing units to assist with disseminating information to inmates.
Quarterly Inmate Advisory Council (IAC) meetings were scheduled for January, April, July and October 2017.
Q1) January 9, 2017
Q2) April 24, 2017
Q3) July 17, 2017
Q4) October 16, 2017
Prior to each meeting, IAC participation rules of conduct are reviewed, and administration and participants discuss all agenda items submitted by inmates. Meeting minutes are shared with inmates (inmate video loop) and a copy is sent to the Jail Observer Program.
Inmate Information Bulletins and the Inmate Advisory Council continue. The Sheriff’s Office has contracted with Gary Raney to conduct a culture assessment that can be used to develop an employee and inmate survey to track ongoing progress. His initial report of findings will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on April 3, 2018.
On July 18, 2018 GAR, Inc. presented the results of the first inmate survey. The results have been posted on the Sheriff’s Jail Reforms website. The Sheriff’s Office plans to continue inmate surveys annually as recommended by GAR, Inc. once tablets have been introduced to the facilities.
This summarized recommendation is pending review by the Office of Correction and Law Enforcement Monitoring (OCLEM) as part of the Jail Reforms Audit to assess the status of implementation. The efforts to expand programs are ongoing by the Sheriff's Office.
Budget Status: The Board approved the following:
- FY 2017 Adopted Budget: Reduced reimbursements from the Inmate Welfare Fund ($1.3 million) so that the Inmate Welfare Fund positions and services would not get cut.
- February 28, 2017: The Board approved changes to the Inmate Welfare Fund, which will have an impact of $484,202 during FY 2017, and approximately $2.3 million of impacts to the General Fund.
Source Report(s): Sheriff’s Jail Reform Plan, Blue Ribbon Commission on Improving Custody Operations, Department of Justice, Civil Grand Jury, Zisser
Responsible Department(s): Sheriff’s Office
Master List Nos.: 62-65, 110, 165, 171, 175, 191, 197, 406, 523, 535
Review Date: FGOC reviewed on December 19, 2016.