Observer Corps: Board of Supervisors (Law and Justice) 9/5/2020

Observer Corps: Board of Supervisors (Law and Justice) 9/5/2020

 

 Observer Report: Criminal Justice Reform Committee
Agency: Sacramento County Board of Supervisors (Law and Justice)
Date &Time: 2020-2021Budget Hearings, Sept 9, 5 pm, Sept 10, 9:30 am
Observer’s Name: Brenda Main

 

FEATURE EVALUATED

YES

NO

COMMENTS

Did meeting start on time?

x

 

 

Did you attend entire meeting?

x

 

 

Were all members present?

x

 

 

Were members well prepared?

x

 

 

Were members courteous to each other and the public?

x

 

 

Was agenda sent/posted 72 hrs. before?

x

 

 

Did agenda items clearly describe what was to be discussed?

x

 

 

Was there adequate opportunity for public input?

x

 

 

Was there any appearance that some agenda items were discussed in closed rather than open session?

 

x

 

Was background information made available to the public?

x

 

 

Were facilities accessible and adequate?

 

 

n/a. Virtual meeting due to COVID-19

Were any issues on the agenda relevant to any LWV state or local positions or programs?

x

 

Budgets for Sheriff, Capital Improvement Program related to Main Jail Annex

Do you recommend local League action on any of these issues? 

x

 

Monitor proposal for developing & funding Crisis Response Teams, funding for Body Cams, plans/funding for Jail Annex and relationship to Mays Consent Decree

Meeting Summary:   Sheriff Jones indicated interest in “real solutions” for mental illness and homeless response. He said SSD received over 100 calls per day for homeless issues, and he would like to get SSD “out of homeless response business.” He is willing to work with appropriate entities to come up with a better model. He noted that existing Crisis Response Teams are working, but could be improved. Appropriating funds from HOT teams would be an option for the future, he said. Behavioral Health is working with SSD to collect necessary data to develop a program. DHS Director Beilenson said a program like CAHOOTS would be less costly than current CRT model. Supv.Nottoli wants to ensure that these programs lead to diversion and treatment rather than incarceration.

 The Board directed staff to strengthen and expand the Mobile Crisis Support Teams, requesting $1.5 million to start. This effort will involve collaboration between Behavioral Health and Law Enforcement. Staff will return to the Board within 45 days with a status report. Data is being analyzed; the Denver Project, MH First, and CAHOOTS are potential models for the program.

 The Board approved $2.1 million for body-worn cameras for Sheriff’s deputies and park rangers, as well as $957,446 for body-worn cameras for probation officers. Chief of Probation Lee Seale assured the Board that policies for use of the cameras could be written to protect the privacy of probationers and others.

 The Sheriff’s budget increased $38.2 million (6.9% increase) (General Fund), including increases in salary and benefits for negotiated bargaining agreements. That amount includes $12.3 for the jail staff, related to Mays settlement. Sheriff Jones insisted that no cuts could be made to jail funding because of the Mays Consent Decree. Supv. Nottoli requested a cost breakdown for the Mays settlement. Nottoli also wants reports on projected costs of Jail Annex through project development before additional funds are encumbered (Capital Improvement Program).

 Serna and Kennedy voted against “Tucker Funds” portion of Sheriff’s budget allocated for purchase of Bearcat, registering their opposition to purchase of military equipment.

 Agenda and meeting packet: http://www2.agendanet.saccounty.net/BoardOfSupervisors

 News release for budget approval: https://www.saccounty.net/news/latest-news/Pages/Board-Votes-to-Revise-Approved-FY-2020-21-Budget.aspx