BRING CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT TO THE JAILS

THE PROBLEM:

The Santa Clara County Jail has an ineffective complaint and correctional officer discipline model.

Consequently, abuse of the incarcerated persists without an adequate measure of accountability. 


THE SOLUTION:

The Santa Clara County jail system needs to implement a transparent civilian oversight mechanism that is empowered to investigate complaints lodged by inmates and family members, as well as determine appropriate discipline for offending officers.


KEY MATERIAL:


MEDIA:


TIMELINE:

August 27, 2015: Michael Tyree dies while in custody. Three correctional officers are arrested for his murder.

November 2015: Prison Law Office files lawsuit citing conditions and excessive use of force in the jails.

November 2015: Santa Clara County creates a Blue Ribbon Commission, composed of both county officials and community stakeholders. The aim of the commission to come up with policy recommendation to improve the jails.

March 2016: Blue Ribbon Commission holds final meeting, and submits final recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.

August 26, 2016: Santa Clara County Finance and Government Committee Holds Special Meeting to Prioritize Jail Reform Recommendations.

September 7, 2016: Santa Clara County Finance and Government Committee Hears from Civilian Oversight Experts.

October 17, 2016: Hundreds of Santa Clara County inmates begin a hunger strike to protest solitary confinement and jail conditions.

October 23, 2016: Hunger strike is suspended by the inmates after achieving significant progress in their list of demands.

CAMPAIGN STATUS: Will COntinue into 2017

While tremendous strides were achieved by those detained -- and the community who supports them -- in highlighting the need for independent oversight of the Santa Clara County Jail, the county is still in the process of implementing a model. We will continue to advocate for a thorough, transparent, and effective oversight model in 2017 for the Santa Clara County jails.


Families who have loved ones housed in the Santa Clara County jails address the crowd at the De-Bug San Jose launch party.


HOW TO ASSIST THE CAMPAIGN:

Call or write your Board of Supervisor and ask that they approve an independent civilian oversight model for the jail.