CASE #0604 SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY JAIL
REASON FOR INVESTIGATION:
The 2004-2005 Grand Jury chose to review the final report on case #0203, San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department, written by the 2003-2004 Grand Jury. Final report, case #0203 focused on the booking unit and medical unit located at the San Joaquin County Jail. The Sheriff's Department responded to all findings and recommendations in the report. Our goal is to review the report and the written responses from the Sheriff's Department in order to improve the department's policies and procedures and to monitor the department's progress. Our report is not a re-investigation of case #0203, thus the 2004-2005 Grand Jury is not reviewing the actions of the staff present during the incidents involving Mr. Denmon and Mr. Scott.
Arresting officers from various agencies transport arrestees to the County Jail's booking unit. The booking unit is where inmates are received and processed for incarceration. Arrestees are screened for mental and physical impairments, intoxication, and special housing needs. Pre-Booking Officers must complete a computer-generated report for each arrestee.
The Pre-booking Officer must enter the arrestee's responses as given even if the Pre-Booking Officer believes the arrestee is being dishonest. The computer program includes fields where data is entered before continuing to the next screen. The officer can enter his or her observations in one of these fields, though it is not required.
The Pre-Booking Officer directs arrestees needing medical attention to the nurse's station located in the booking unit. The nurse in the booking unit examines the arrestee to determine if the arrestee should be transported to the County Hospital or if the County Jail's medical unit can provide the medical attention needed. The County Jail's medical unit houses inmates with less severe conditions. The medical unit has four observation cells. Each observation cell is equipped with a five-point restraint bed used to immobilize uncooperative inmates. The mattress is approximately 12" above the floor with belts to secure the inmate's wrists, ankles, and waist.
METHOD OF INVESTIGATION:
The 2004-2005 Grand Jury focused its investigation on the following:
The 2004-2005 Grand Jury's investigation included a review of the following:
We also interviewed management and staff members of the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department and toured the jail facility including the booking and medical areas.
The 2004-2005 Grand Jury finds the following:
The 2004-2005 Grand Jury recommends the following:
Pursuant to Section 933.05 of the Penal Code:
The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office shall report to the Presiding Judge of the San Joaquin Superior Court, in writing and within 90 days of publication of this report, with a response as follows:
As to each finding in the report a response indicating one of the following:
As to each recommendation, a response indicating one of the following: