U.S. Justice Division Finds that Situations on the San Luis Obispo County Jail Violate the Structure | USAO-CDCA


LOS ANGELES – The San Luis Obispo County Jail violates prisoners’ rights by, among other things, failing to provide adequate medical care and subjecting some prisoners to excessive use of force, according to a Justice Department report calling on the prison to make changes to those discovered by an investigation Fix constitutional violations.

The Justice Department concluded that there was reason to believe that the prison practices were in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

In particular, the Justice Department concluded that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the prison does not provide constitutionally adequate medical and mental health care to prisoners, that the prison violates the constitutional rights of prisoners with severe mental illness by staying for a long time Period, and that the prison violates the prisoners’ constitutional rights through excessive use of force. The report also found that the prison violated the ADA by denying inmates with mental disabilities access to services, programs and activities based on their disabilities.

Pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), the Department of Defense today provided the facility in writing with the facts supporting these determinations and the minimum corrective actions required to correct them.

“San Luis Obispo County has violated the rights of prisoners in its prison in a number of ways, including inadequate health care and excessive use of force by some prisoners,” said Acting US Attorney Tracy L. Wilkison. “Our office is committed to defending the civil rights of everyone in this district, including those behind bars.”

“Our constitution guarantees that all people detained in prisons and prisons across our country will receive humane treatment, including access to essential medical and psychiatric care,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division . “After a thorough investigation, we found that the San Luis Obispo Prison is causing harm to the detainees by subjecting them to excessive violence and by not providing adequate medical and mental health care. The Justice Department hopes to continue working with the prison to resolve these systemic problems. “

The United States Attorney’s Office and the Department of Civil Rights of the Department of Justice opened an investigation under CRIPA and Title II of the ADA in October 2018, which empowers the Department of Justice to take action to resolve a pattern or practice of disenfranchisement of an individual that affect correctional facilities run by state or local governments.

Individuals with relevant information are encouraged to contact the Department of Justice by calling (844) 710-4900 or emailing [email protected].

More information about the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division is available on their website at www.justice.gov/crt.

For more information on the Civil Rights Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/civil-division/civil-rights. You can contact the Civil Rights Department by emailing [email protected] or calling (213) 894-2879. You can also report civil rights violations to the section by completing this complaint form.

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