AMADOR COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
REASON FOR REVIEW
Penal Code Section 919(b) requires the Grand Jury to inquire into
the conditions and management of all public prisons within the
The Amador County Sheriff is responsible for maintaining and
managing the County's adult custodial facility and housing and
feeding incarcerated men and women.
The department provides the County's primary and secondary radio
communications and 9-1-1 center.
The Grand Jury visited the jail facility.
- Under Sheriff
- Jail Commander
Title 15, Articles 1-7 & 10-14, California Administrative Code
- Detention Facility Food Service Contract
- Letter to Sheriff from California Board of Corrections
(CBC) dated 10/31/95 regarding minimum staffing
- Letter to Jail Commander from CBC dated 3/19/97
regarding inadequate minimum staffing
- Budgets, 1995-1996 to 1999-2000 regarding position
- Letter to Sheriff from CBC dated 2/29/00 regarding
- 1994 inmate food complaint reports dated 12/98 to 1/00.
- Food Temperature Charts dated 11/99 to 1/00
- Letter to Board of Supervisors from Sheriff dated
11/22/99 regarding jail food services
- Memo from GSA Director to Environmental Health
Department dated 12/7/99 regarding detention facility food
- Memo from Under Sheriff dated 2/25/00 regarding
- Letter from County Health Officer to Board of
Supervisors dated 11/8/99 regarding the illness outbreak at the
- Press release by Board of Supervisors regarding the
illness outbreak at the jail
The custodial facility (jail) houses both male and female
- The squad/training room also serves as the County's
primary Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
- The facility housing the Sheriff's clerical staff and
investigative personnel is cramped and overcrowded.
- The Sheriff's communications center is the primary
receiving point for non-cellular 9-1-1 calls.
- The facility houses the primary County law enforcement
- The jail is understaffed per Title 15 CAC.
- Hot food is delivered by either the primary or secondary
vendor to the standards established by the food service contract
and Title 15 (minimum serving temperature - 140 degrees F.)
Custodial Officer and Supervisor staff positions are not being
properly budgeted and filled to the minimum standards of Title 15
- The minimum standards for jail food service may be
unachievable by any private vendor under the current conditions
and Title 15 requirements.
- Space provided for the EOC is inadequate for the number
of individuals and agencies required operating during "full
operation". Placing critical decision-makers in a claustrophobic
environment increases the stress level and reduces effectiveness.
- Working space for non-custodial personnel is cramped and
- The communications center adequately meets the current
needs of the County.
To avoid possible civil penalties and lawsuits, the custodial
staff should be brought up to the minimum staffing as outlined in
Title 15 CAC, and as recommended in the numerous letters from CBC
dating back to 1992.
- The jail should be made self-sufficient in the
preparation and delivery of inmate meals to reduce possible civil
action from inmates due to meals not meeting the minimum
standards of the food service contract and Title 15 CAC.
- The County should relocate the primary EOC to a facility
with sufficient space and emergency power to accommodate the
personnel required operating in both short and long term
- Specific short-range plans need to address facility
expansion to accommodate current and future staff and
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