Staffing boosted at jails after abuse, neglect allegations

Jul 1, 2015 12:50 PM by News Staff

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is boosting staffing to increase oversight and improve health services as a response to allegations of abuse and medical neglect at jails.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller tells the Sun newspaper that five new sergeants and 10 correctional nurses will be hired at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, where most of the alleged inhumane conditions are said to have occurred.

The county has also allocated $3 million in its 2015-2016 budget to increase mental health services across all jails.

The newspaper says the moves come in response to a letter from the nonprofit Prison Law Office. The group launched an investigation last year after fielding complaints from inmates who alleged they failed to receive proper medical and mental health treatment.


Information from: The Sun

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