Complaints Surface Over Lack of Jail Ride Program

Last January, when cab company Rock Star Taxi discontinued its taxi fleet, the County Jail suspended its jail ride program for inmates released late at night. The hiatus came to light this week after social justice advocate Peter Marin complained to the county supervisors that no interim plan was devised. Sheriff’s spokesperson Kelly Hoover said they are “diligently” seeking a new company, adding that custody staff now prepares releases prior to 8 p.m. to reduce late-night discharges, but that does not “eliminate the problem entirely.” Chief Custody Deputy Vincent Wasilewski added the break “in no way, shape, or form indicates any reluctance or disinterest on the part of the Sheriff.”

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