Statement by Sheriff Laurie Smith on the Settlement Reached in Santa Clara County Jail Litigation

“Today is an important milestone in our ongoing Jail Reforms. With the departure of the former Chief of Correction in 2016, I was disappointed by the stalled efforts and myriad of broken practices left behind. We immediately rolled up our sleeves to implement progressive advancements in the care and service our custody operations provide to the community. We are proud of the work we have accomplished toward this end, but we have much more to achieve toward completing my advanced Jail Reform Plan. The speed and efficiency of these necessary changes are a testament to the dedication of the women and men of the Sheriff’s Office.” — Sheriff Laurie Smith


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