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Letter: Why I voted to increase Santa Rita Jail staffing

Updated: Jan 28

On May 12, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to increase of staffing at Santa Rita Jail over 3 years

By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

June 1, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.


On May 12 the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to approve an increase of staffing at Santa Rita Jail over the next three years.


After careful deliberation on a complex issue, I voted in favor of this increase.


An independent audit, commissioned by both sides of a class action lawsuit, made it clear that the main issues within Santa Rita were due to a lack of sufficient staffing. Without these increases more serious harm would come to inmates and existing staff.


This was a vote to resolve a short-term problem, but there is hope for long-term reform. Supervisor Richard Valle said that his vote in favor of the increase was contingent on a plan to reduce the number of people in Santa Rita Jail who have mental health conditions.


I echo this sentiment and will seek the same stipulations going forward.


Nate Miley

Supervisor, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 4


Site: https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/06/01/letter-why-i-voted-to-increase-santa-rita-jail-staffing/

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