San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury Decries Problems at County Jail

Over the past six years, eleven inmates have died at the San Luis Obispo County Jail, prompting a review of structure and procedures by the San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury. On Thursday, the body released its report. As the Tribune notes, the document was long on findings but short on solutions.

The Grand Jury confirmed a number of serious problems at the jail: lack of oversight, poor management structure, and ongoing violations of state-mandated standards on treatment of inmates. All of it adds up to serious health and safety concerns for San Luis Obispo County inmates, the Jury said. Nevertheless, it only recommended a “joint review” of management and policies by the Sheriff’s Department and a subsequent report that it says should be issued by the end of the year.

The Jury “determined it could not conduct a more in-depth look at this time” because of ongoing investigations and potential litigation. Obtaining information was also difficult.

“Grand Jury reports only have the ability to raise into the public view our findings and recommendations. There’s no requirements for (officials) to change the findings,” said Grand Jury Foreman Pro Tem Dennis Frahmann.  

The Sheriff’s Office and county Health Agency are still required to respond to the findings within 90 days.


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