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RESPONSES TO LAST YEAR'S GRAND JURY FINAL REPORT

Subject of
Investigation

Recommendations of the
1999-2000 Grand Jury

Concur

Comments

Environmental Management Department

EMD should immediately complete reviews of the RMPs currently pending, to protect the citizens of Sacramento County. The most efficient and expedient approach to completing or performing the necessary reviews to provide this protection should be done. The basis for determining the level of administrative and technical detail required in the RMP review for the approach chosen should be clearly stated.

Yes

 

Before adopting any revisions to the RMP review process for the future, EMD management must acquire the necessary technical expertise to assure that the technical content of its RMP review process is adequate to protect fully the citizens of Sacramento County.

Yes

Technically qualified individuals have always been on staff.

Any RMP review process adopted by EMD must include step-by-step documentation of the reviews, and a method to track the progress of each review.

Yes

Recommendations have been/will be implemented shortly.

The County Executive should propose an ordinance to the Board of Supervisors regarding the authority of departments to refund and credit fees charged. The ordinance should put in place clearly defined and understandable policies and procedures regarding the authority of departments to refund and credit fees charged to the regulated community. A thorough description of the circumstances calling for such refunds/credits, detail of their proper authorization, and proper tracking, reporting and accounting procedures must be included.

Yes

Need to confer with County Counsel.

The procedure should result in accurate and timely reporting of such refunds in budget documents and other public materials, including identifying when budget shortfalls or transfers from reserves are required to cover such refunds.

Yes

 

Subject of
Investigation

Recommendations of the
1999-2000 Grand Jury

Concur

Comments

Sacramento Public Library Authority

That all resources available to the Sacramento Public Library Authority be mobilized to encourage county voters to support the parcel tax that will appear on the November 2000 ballot.

Yes

 

That the Sacramento Public Library Authority Master Plan for 2000-2020 be reprinted and made available to the public through the branch libraries.

Yes

The Library will be open 61 hours as of July 1, 2000.

Subject of Investigation

Recommendations of the 1999-2000 Grand Jury

Concur

Comments

Juvenile Justice Facilities and Staffing

The Board of Supervisors must take immediate steps to build additional secure pre-trial and post trial placement facilities at Juvenile Hall and the Boys' Ranch to handle the existing waiting list

Yes

6/1/99 finding approved for Phase 1.

The Board of Supervisors must take immediate steps to build additional non secure facilities similar to Thornton Youth Center to handle the existing waiting list..

Yes

50-bed WETYC addition.

Projections for future juvenile space needs and the County's plan including the financing to meet those needs at these facilities or other facilities shall be presented to the Grand Jury.

Yes

60% of youth in detention have some form of mental illness. Portable building housing and medical facility have been recently completed at Boys' Ranch.

The Board of Supervisors shall direct the County Executive to develop a report regarding how to meet the need for expanded mental health services and facilities for the increased number of juveniles with psychiatric problems.

Yes

 

The remodeling of Juvenile Hall should be started and completed expeditiously. A time schedule for this 23 million dollar remodel shall be reported back to the Grand Jury.

Yes

 

The County Executive shall report back to the Grand Jury on the number of positions filled and the corrective actions taken by Human Resources Agency to resolve the chronic problems of filling budgeted and authorized personnel positions within the Probation Department.

Yes

 

Subject of Investigation

Recommendations of the 1999-2000 Grand Jury

Concur

Comments

Child Protective Services

The Division Manager of Child Protective Services shall continue to submit to the Sacramento County Grand Jury, monthly statistics regarding Child Protective Services staffing, vacancies and caseloads.

Yes

 

The Health and Human Services Department and the Human Resources Agency shall perform the analysis required to determine Bachelor's and Master's degree4evel social workers salaries that will allow the county to be competitive with surrounding counties in the hiring and retention of social workers in Child Protective Services.

Yes

 

The Health and Human Services Department shall report to the Grand Jury on the status of the delivery and installation of the requested 400 new computers.

Yes

CPS is deploying 640 new computers to staff.

The Grand Jury encourages the county to continue to improve Child Protective Services. This includes recruitment, hiring and office and equipment upgrades.

Yes

CPS is piloting the use of "Quick Pads. "

Subject of Investigation

Recommendations of the 1999-2000 Grand Jury

Concur

Comments

Work Release Facility

If the evaluation of the community services pilot project in Elk Grove indicates that there are community benefits, it should be expanded into other Sheriff services districts as resources are made available.

Yes

 

A tracking effort should be established to determine the effectiveness of the educational components of the Work Project.

Yes

 

The curriculum of the educational program at the Work Release Program should be expanded to include classes on Anger Management, Domestic Violence and Victim Impact.

Yes

 

The Home Detention Program for inmates in need of special and/or long term medical treatment should continue (to) be utilized whenever feasible.

Yes

 

The Work Release Program should be utilized to the maximum degree possible. The programs should be audited for continuing effectiveness and adherence to the established policies and procedures for utilization. If the need for expansion is justified, the programs should be expanded consistent with the identified need.

Yes

 

The Work Project and the Home Detention Project should develop a program to keep statistics on their recidivism rates.

Yes

 

The Life Skills-Job Preparedness educational program should be made available to inmates in all county facilities. Further, the curriculum of the educational program should be expanded to include classes on Anger Management, Domestic Violence and Victim Impact.

Yes

 

Subject of Investigation

Recommendations of the 1999-2000 Grand Jury

Concur

Comments

Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center

It would be beneficial to track the participants in the classes to determine whether the information and skills they learned were helpful and aided in their successful re-entry into society.

No

Request is impractical.

It would also be of value if additional classes-both vocational and self improvement-could be offered.

Yes

 

RCCC is to report back to the Grand Jury on the procedures it recommends to implement a tracking system on the effectiveness of the vocational and self-improvement educational program for inmates upon return to society.

Yes

 

Subject of Investigation

Recommendations of the 1999-2000 Grand Jury

Concur

Comments

Main Jail

Every conceivable effort should be made to adopt procedures that will limit wrongful conduct by jail personnel or inmates that might ultimately require the County to pay damages to persons who suffer damages as a result of such misconduct. An improved inmate grievance procedure should b instituted that will provide complete anonymity to inmates and thus encourage them to make complaints whenever the observe wrongful conduct by jail personnel or other inmates.

Yes

 

Training procedures for jail personnel should be reviewed and modified, if necessary, to insure that individuals inquiring about the status of an arrestee receive a timely response and courtesy.

Yes

The Sheriff should develop a procedure to monitor the calls made by citizens to booking inquiring about the status of persons who have been arrested and booked.

Yes

Subject of Investigation

Recommendations of the 1999-2000 Grand Jury

Concur

Comments

Crime Lab Staffing Problems

The County Executive should immediately investigate the reasons for the lag in filling positions.

No

County Executive and District Attorney: Delay was an indicator of problems facing all county departments who were experiencing similar delays.

When fully staffed the Crime laboratory should explore the possibility of contract work.

Yes

 

Subject of Investigation

Recommendations of the 1999-2000 Grand Jury

Concur

Comments

Coroners Office

The Board of Supervisors should rescind their resolution to charge $100 for transporting bodies.

Yes

 

The Coroner should ensure that all death notifications to the next of kin are done face to face.

Yes

 

Subject of Investigation

Recommendations of the 1999-2000 Grand Jury

Concur

Comments

9-1-1

The City of Sacramento should expedite the replacement of the 9-1-1 phone system that was deferred due to the Y2K issue.

No

Police: Scheduled for fourth quarter of 2002

The City of Sacramento should complete and open the new 9-1-1 center as quickly as possible. State-of-the-art phone equipment must be part of that building plan.

Yes

 

The County of Sacramento and the cities should develop a task force to explore the feasibility of creating a non-emergency three digit telephone system to hand(le) non-emergency calls to ease the burden on emergency call centers.

Yes

Non Emergency 3-1-1 Task Force

The emergency 9-1-1 information page in local phone books should be expanded to include the 9-1-1 call flow chart that was developed for the Grand Jury.

Yes

 

Coordination and cooperation within the 9-1- 1 systems should be formalized and should include the CHP 9-1-1 operations.

Yes

 

Subject of Investigation

Recommendations of the 1999-2000 Grand Jury

Concur

Comments

Off Duty Work by Law Enforcement in Sacramento County

The Sacramento City Council and Board of Supervisors should require the Sheriff and Chief of Police to formulate forthwith written policies that will eliminate any competition by either department to acquire off duty work for its officers.

Yes

 

The policies of the Sacramento County Sheriff and Sacramento Police concerning the amount of off duty work that their swom officers perform should be reviewed. In the opinion of the Grand Jury, the 8-hour interval allowed by the police between off duty work and the beginning of regularly scheduled work might not allow enough time for an officer to acquire needed rest between work assignments. The county should consider adopting a maximum number of off duty hours that its deputies may work.

Yes No

Sheriff Police

Sacramento City Council and the County Board of Supervisors should approve any changes that are made to policies involving off duty work by sworn officers of the City Police and the Sheriffs Department.

Yes

 

 

2000/2001 Sacramento County Grand Jury - Final Report (Internet Version) June 30, 2001

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