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.
Supervisor, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 4