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Board approves emergency motion to help prevent deaths, overdoses in local jails

08/16/22

 

San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed an emergency motion to help prevent further in-custody deaths inside county jails.  

The emergency action has authorized pay incentives to hire more clinical and regular staff with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and also authorizes the sheriff’s department to add more scanners to stop drugs from entering the jails. 

“That action will help with the $200,000 purchase, using the Sheriff’s Department existing budget, of a new body scanner and up to eight additional scanners over the next five years,” officials said in a statement. 

In the month of July, five deaths occurred inside county jails – all of them drug overdoses.  A total of 15 deaths have happened in 2022, thus far. In an audit done earlier this year, San Diego County was shown to have had the highest number of inmate deaths in the United States from 2006 to 2020, a whopping 185.

“Overdoses deaths are up significantly across the county and the jail population is a reflection on what is happening county-wide,” said Chair Nathan Fletcher with the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. 

Fletcher says fentanyl has plagued our community which is now being mirrored inside the jails and something has to be done.  

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