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[Orange County] Company that Caused Illegal OC Jail Phone Recordings Could Have Nationwide Problem, Attorney Alleges

Blog note: this article references a grand jury report.

Phone company Global Tel Link (GTL) kept possibly hundreds of other U.S. jails in the dark about phone system problems it knew of since 2015 that caused the illegal recording of attorney-inmate calls in Orange County, according to a 42-page legal motion filed by OC Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders.

[Orange County] Mother of schizophrenic man who died in Orange County jail files $5 million liability claim

Diana Alvarez says she has been unable to extract any information from the county about her son's death

Blog note: this article references a grand jury report. The media notice.

The family of a schizophrenic man who died last month at Theo Lacy jail in Orange filed a $5 million wrongful death claim Friday against the county.

[Orange County] Opinion: OC should implement minor fix to rash of inmate deaths

It’s understandable that Orange County officials get frustrated when the courts examine the operation of some of their agencies, including the jail system. But two reports from the Orange County Grand Jury offer insight into some of the reasons for outside oversight. County officials have a history of resisting changes to their procedures, which then invites lawsuits and investigations.

[Orange County] Grand Huntington Beach landfill outrage spurs school officials to address health concerns

Dust from cleanup of a landfill rouse concerns for students at nearby Edison High School

Blog note: this article references a 2012 grand jury report. Some grand jury reports have long shelf lives.

Chastised by parents upset with fumes from a toxic landfill cleanup wafting across the intersection to Huntington Beach’s Edison High School, Superintendent Clint Harwick said after Tuesday’s board meeting that he’ll pursue on-campus air monitoring and consider shutting down summer activities at the school.

[Orange County] O.C. grand jury says jail should check inmates’ vital signs. The sheriff disagrees

The Orange County Grand Jury issued a report faulting the Sheriff’s Department for not checking the vital signs of every inmate admitted to its jails to reduce deaths related to hypertension, but Sheriff Don Barnes fired back, saying that’s not his job.

The report noted that not all inmates booked into O.C. jails have their vital bodily functions including blood pressure and pulse tested, which is the standard of care when a patient is seen at a doctor’s office or clinic.

[Orange County] OC Examines Inmate Death as Mother Says It’s Been 12 Days Without Info

Blog note: this article references grand jury reports on jail deaths.

The so-far unexplained death of an inmate at an Orange County jail 12 days ago is drawing interest from two county supervisors, in response to the man’s mother publicly asking for answers.

Anthony Aceves, 37, was found unresponsive in his bed the morning of May 23 at the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange, according to the Sheriff’s Department, which said he was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

[Orange County] Grand Jury Finds Lack of Sheriff’s Department Oversight in Illegal Jail Phone Recordings

A lack of oversight allowed the illegal recording of more than 30,000 phone calls between inmates and their attorneys inside county jails, according to the Orange County Grand Jury.

But the Grand Jury report said it  didn’t find malicious intent in the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s handling of the illegal recordings, and the report said the recorded attorney-client calls,which are heavily protected under the U.S. legal system, didn’t jeopardize the Constitutional rights of any inmates to a fair trial.

[Orange County] O.C. Grand Jury, sheriff spar over health screenings for jail inmates

SANTA ANA — The Orange County Grand Jury issued a report Tuesday, June 4, faulting the Sheriff’s Department for not taking vital signs of every inmate admitted to its jails to reduce deaths related to hypertension, but Sheriff Don Barnes fired back, saying that’s not his job.

The grand jury report noted 28 custodial deaths from Jan. 23, 2016, through May 2, 2018, with 15 inmates showing evidence of prior cardiovascular history.

[Orange County] Grand Jury Faults OC Jail With Rise In Inmate Hypertensive Deaths

The Orange County Grand Jury Tuesday issued a report faulting the Sheriff's Department for not taking vital signs of every admitted inmate.

 

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — The Orange County Grand Jury Tuesday issued a report faulting the Sheriff's Department for not taking vital signs of every inmate admitted to its jails to reduce deaths related to hypertension. Sheriff Don Barnes fired back, saying that's not his job.