San Quentin inmates are being hospitalized in Alameda County; State eyes Glenn Dyer Jail to house inmates

Up to 16 inmates from San Quentin State Prison have been hospitalized in Alameda County hospitals, Health Care Services Agency Director Coleen Chawla said on Tuesday. As of Monday, there were 8-9 of those who remain hospitalized following a major outbreak of covid-19 at the state prison in Marin. In addition, between 15-18 San Quentin … Continue reading San Quentin inmates are being hospitalized in Alameda County; State eyes Glenn Dyer Jail to house inmates

San Leandro woman distributed anti-Asian screed in Heron Bay neighborhood

A San Leandro woman was arrested by police on May 22 after posting anti-Asian literature on homes in the city's Heron Bay neighborhood. Nancy Arechiga, 52, was taken into custoday and booked at Santa Rita Jail. She was later released on bail due to a county policy that aims to limit the jail population due … Continue reading San Leandro woman distributed anti-Asian screed in Heron Bay neighborhood

Ahern’s funding request for more deputies is now $106 million a year

UPDATE: Ahern's proposal is again postponed, but for a different reason.

Alameda County covid-19 cases surpass 1,000; Santa Rita Jail cases nearly double

The number of confirmed cases of covid-19 in Alameda County now tops 1,000, according to the Alameda County Public Health Office. Alameda County has 1,007 confirmed cases of covid-19, along with 39 deaths, according to the county's covid-19 statistics released on Thursday morning. (See below: Covid-19 cases by Alameda County city.) Oakland, with 242 confirmed … Continue reading Alameda County covid-19 cases surpass 1,000; Santa Rita Jail cases nearly double

Sheriff Ahern is asking county for $255 million to hire 370 new employees

UPDATE from Tuesday's Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting.

COVID-19: Supervisor Valle to examine health conditions at Santa Rita Jail

Allegations of poor sanitary conditions and, specifically, a lack of soap at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin have been made in recent weeks. Activists worry the conditions at the jail, which houses roughly 2,200 inmates, could exacerbate the possibility of a coronavirus outbreak within the jail. In response, Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle said … Continue reading COVID-19: Supervisor Valle to examine health conditions at Santa Rita Jail

COVID-19: Bonta calls for release of low-risk prisoners who can’t afford bail

East Bay Assemblymember Rob Bonta coauthored landmark legislation two years ago to abolish California's money bail system. In the past, criminal suspects who could not afford to pay bail while awaiting trial were held in jail. Many who can't afford bail or low-income residents and minorities. Senate Bill 10, coauthored wth Southern California state Sen. … Continue reading COVID-19: Bonta calls for release of low-risk prisoners who can’t afford bail

5 observations on the ALCO grand jury’s deferential view of law enforcement

People dying at Santa Rita Jail. Seems fine, says Alameda County grand jury.