There are no fiscal implications associated with receiving the report. Approving recommendations will have fiscal implications, and will be addressed when implementing actions are prepared for Board consideration.
REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATION
At the April 12, 2016 Board of Supervisors Meeting (Item No. 10), the Board received the attached report with the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Improving Custody Operations.
At the request of Supervisor Chavez, the Board directed Administration to move discussion and implementation of the Blue Ribbon Commission’s recommendations to the Finance and Government Operations Committee.
The attached report outlines the 176 recommendations the Blue Ribbon Commission on Improving Custody Operations submitted to the Board. The recommendations are spread across the following categories:
· Inmate Welfare Fund
· Inmate Grievance and Complaint Process
· Correctional Officers’ Discipline System
Given the number and breadth of the recommendations, this item is intended to allow the Committee to establish a process and schedule for consideration of the recommendations.
The recommended action will have no/neutral impact on children and youth.
The recommended action will have no/neutral impact on seniors.
The recommended action will have no/neutral sustainability implications.
On October 6, 2015 (Item No. 10), the Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution No. BOS-2015-138 establishing the Blue Ribbon Commission on Improving Custody Operations for a period of six months.
On November 17, 2015 (Item No. 59), the Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution No. BOS-2015-159, which clarified certain matters relating to the construction of the Commission.
The Commission held its first meeting on Saturday, November 7, 2015, and subsequently met an additional nine times. At the March 19 and March 26, 2016 meetings, the Commission approved the final recommendations included with this report.
Chairperson LaDoris Cordell presented the recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on April 12, 2016.
Additionally, the Human Relations Commission (HRC) held a public forum on November 10, 2015 to solicit testimony from the family and friends of inmates relating to their experiences with the Santa Clara County jail system. The HRC presented a report to the Board of Supervisors on April 26, 2016 (Item No. 20); at the request of Supervisor Chavez, the Board forwarded the report to the Finance and Government Operations Committee for consideration.
Given the potential for overlap with the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission, the HRC report is also attached.
CONSEQUENCES OF NEGATIVE ACTION
The Committee would not establish a preliminary process for review of the final recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Improving Custody Operations.
STEPS FOLLOWING APPROVAL
The Clerk of the Board will notify the Commissioners of action taken by the Board of Supervisors.