DOJ Finds Constitutional Violations at SLO County Jail

A report from the U.S. Department of Justice concludes that the San Luis Obispo County Jail has violated the constitutional rights of inmates by failing to provide adequate medical and mental health care and by subjecting some prisoners to excessive use of force.

“Our Constitution guarantees that all people held in jails and prisons across our country are treated humanely, and that includes providing access to necessary medical and mental health care,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke. “After a comprehensive investigation, we found that San Luis Obispo Jail harms the people it incarcerates by subjecting them to excessive force and by failing to provide adequate medical and mental health care. The Justice Department hopes to continue to work with the jail to resolve these systemic problems.”

“San Luis Obispo County violated the rights of prisoners in its jail in several ways, including failing to provide adequate health care and subjecting some prisoners to excessive force,” Acting U.S. Attorney Tracy L. Wilkison for the Central District of California added. “Our office is dedicated to defending the civil rights of everyone in this district, including those behind bars.”

The DOJ has called for a litany of changes to improve medical care, mental health treatment, compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, and policies and procedures related to use of force.

Read the entire report here.


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