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Supervisors approve new pay, incentives in effort to reduce sheriff’s overtime, jail deaths



Continuing deaths inside San Diego County jails prompted the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to direct its top administrator to work with the Sheriff’s Department to protect people in custody and to raise pay incentives to fill open positions.

The proposal, brought forward by Chairman Nathan Fletcher after a rash of 15 in-custody deaths so far this year, is designed to push Sheriff Anthony Ray to do more to keep incarcerated people safe.

Under the plan, which was adopted unanimously, the Sheriff’s Department will spend more than $11 million on signing bonuses, night differentials, extra pay for bilingual staff and other tools aimed at finding and keeping employees.

It also calls for investing $200,000 to upgrade body scanners to try to reduce the volume of illegal drugs being brought into jails by people being booked into custody.

Accidental overdoses have plagued the jail system in recent years, adding to the number of medical emergencies and deaths.

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