Grand Jury Report Addresses Late Night Jail Releases

The Sheriff’s Office should do a better job of informing inmates of their transportation options when they’re released from jail after hours, stated a Grand Jury report released last week. For the nine people released on average between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. every day ​— ​when public transportation doesn’t operate ​— ​options for those without a ride include staying in the jail lobby or on the outside benches; indigent releasees can access a taxi program operated by a nonprofit, and certain releasees can get bus vouchers. The Grand Jury asked the Sheriff’s Office and the Board of Supervisors to look into possible solutions, including partnering with an outside organization to provide coffee and shelter until morning.

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