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Watchdog group finds unclean jail

Posted: July 3, 2010 9:47 p.m.
Updated: July 4, 2010 4:55 a.m.

A county "watch-dog" group found the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station to be out of compliance with its cleanliness standards.

A Sheriff's Station statement on Saturday said the issue was quickly fixed.

The Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury apparently discovered some untidy conditions in the local jail during an October visit.

Inspectors found "food, refuse and clothing on floors in shower stall three hours after breakfast," stated the annual report.

"During an unannounced visit on Oct. 13, 2009, Civil Grand Jury inspectors found remnants from the morning meal were still in some of the jail holding-cell areas, and linens were being processed," said the station's statement e-mailed by Sgt. Darren Harris. "The findings were quickly corrected that morning and updated cleaning and inspection protocols were established and implemented."

SCV Sheriff's Station welcomes such inspections as they help ensure the highest possible jail and facility standards are maintained, the statement said.

"Subsequent unannounced inspections, including one by the same Civil Grand Jury on Nov. 17, 2009, resulted in complete compliance with standards," the Sheriff's Station statement also stated.

Grand Jury members could not be reached for comment on Saturday.

The station was one of two found out of compliance out of a total of about 100 county facilities inspected. The Grand Jury also found the San Marino Police Department out of compliance because jury members were denied entrance.
The 23-member Grand Jury acts as a civilian oversight group that investigates county, city and joint-power agencies, according to its website. Jury committees visit various county facilities and develop recommendations for improvement.
Members inspect issues such as surveillance camera functionality, prisoner segregation, facility management, cleanliness and more.

The Pitchess Detention Center and Santa Clarita Courthouse were found to be in compliance, according to the June 30 report.


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