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Commentary: San Diego County’s inmate health care has challenges. Why not have another county agency oversee it?


Although I am not sure who first said “an error doesn’t become a mistake unless you refuse to correct it,” we can all be sure of its wisdom. It is without question that there are challenges in the delivery of health care, including critical mental health and drug treatment services, in the San Diego County detention facilities.These shortcomings are well documented through multiple investigations, studies and lawsuits. A 2018 report by Disability Rights California found the San Diego County jail suicide rate was five times higher than that of the state prison system, and an in-depth six-month investigation by The San Diego Union-Tribune found that the county’s jail mortality rate is the highest among California’s largest county jail systems. Sheriff Bill Gore has attempted to improve the situation in recent years, but there continue to be structural problems. READ MORE