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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1989
Citing the constitutional rights of inmates in San Diego County jails, Sheriff John Duffy has issued a policy that will forbid smoking in the county's seven jails as of July 1. The policy will apply to inmates as well as to officers, said Sgt. Bob Takeshta, department spokesman. Because jails are closed environments, there is no way for nonsmokers to escape the smoke, which violates a prisoner's constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment, said Takeshta. San Diego is the fifth county in California to declare a no-smoking policy in its jails.
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March 12, 1990 | CATHERINE M. SPEARNAK
Steve Freed launched two successful computer companies that did millions of dollars in sales before he turned 30. But behind this American dream come true--behind the suit, the tie and the success--hid Steve Freed's painful secret. He couldn't read. "I always had to rely on my partners to do even the simplest of tasks, such as writing business letters," he said. "I would surround myself with people I could delegate my work to."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1988
This letter is in regard to an article in the May 8 edition titled "Inmate Claims of Assaults by Deputies Rise," discussing the increasing number of alleged assaults by deputies on prisoners in San Diego County jails. The article neglects to mention the effect these assaults have on the general population. These claims of unprovoked beatings undermine the public's faith in law enforcement officers. When police officers turn against the public, who does it go to for protection? In the instances alleged to have occurred in San Diego County jails, are we supposed to turn to the Sheriff's Department for help?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1990
John Duffy's impending retirement as sheriff and his sudden agreement to switch to lower-paid correctional officers instead of deputies to supervise the jails should not deter the Board of Supervisors from taking over control of the jails. Rather, the changes in sheriff and staffing provide a ripe opportunity to overhaul the jail system. The experience the county has had with Duffy--and his lack of cooperation--shows the flaws in the current system: too little public accountability and too much opportunity for abuse of power.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1990
John Duffy's impending retirement as sheriff and his sudden agreement to switch to lower-paid correctional officers instead of deputies to supervise the jails should not deter the Board of Supervisors from taking over control of the jails. Rather, the changes in sheriff and staffing provide a ripe opportunity to overhaul the jail system. The experience the county has had with Duffy--and his lack of cooperation--shows the flaws in the current system: too little public accountability and too much opportunity for abuse of power.
NEWS
January 8, 1990 | JEANNETTE AVENT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calm was reported restored at the San Diego County jail in Chula Vista Sunday after a riot in which 27 inmates were injured. No law enforcement officers were injured during the 20-minute fracas, which began about 9 p.m. Saturday. Cellblock 3-A was locked down after a major disturbance broke out between black and Latino inmates and they refused to return to their cells from a common area shared by inmates, said San Diego County Sheriff's Capt. Charles Wood, the jail's commander.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
After a year in which the San Diego County Grand Jury has bucked the norm and leveled blistering reports against the Sheriff's Department, the local jail system, and child protection services, the panel Friday issued its final summary report and announced it will disband next week. "The public was demanding that certain things be looked at," foreman Armistead B. Smith Jr. said in reflecting on the unusually strident pace set by his group over the past year. "We endeavored to be very active.
NEWS
January 10, 1990 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A religious cult leader wanted in the ritualistic slayings of a family in Ohio had been collecting welfare checks in the San Diego area for nearly a month while looking for work before he was arrested Sunday at a suburban San Diego motel, sources familiar with the case said Tuesday. The disclosure surfaced as defrocked minister Jeffrey D. Lundgren, 39, made a brief court appearance Tuesday morning at which his lawyer formally declared that Lundgren was resisting extradition to Ohio.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
Decrying the level of health care in the San Diego County jails as "primitive" and "very poor," the grand jury on Thursday called for the medical services program for inmates to be removed from the Sheriff's Department and transferred to the county Health Services Department. In two separate reports, the grand jury also blasted the Sheriff's Department for specifically providing inadequate care for women and mentally ill prisoners, for not having an acceptable process to review inmate deaths and for not seeking and obtaining proper medical accreditation, as done by other correctional facilities in the state.
NEWS
March 12, 1990 | CATHERINE M. SPEARNAK
Steve Freed launched two successful computer companies that did millions of dollars in sales before he turned 30. But behind this American dream come true--behind the suit, the tie and the success--hid Steve Freed's painful secret. He couldn't read. "I always had to rely on my partners to do even the simplest of tasks, such as writing business letters," he said. "I would surround myself with people I could delegate my work to."
NEWS
January 10, 1990 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The leader of a religious cult who was sought in the ritualistic slayings of an Ohio family had been collecting welfare checks in the San Diego area for nearly a month before his arrest Sunday at a National City motel, authorities said Tuesday. The disclosure surfaced as defrocked minister Jeffrey D. Lundgren, 39, made a brief court appearance Tuesday morning at which his lawyer said Lundgren would resist extradition to Ohio.
NEWS
January 10, 1990 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A religious cult leader wanted in the ritualistic slayings of a family in Ohio had been collecting welfare checks in the San Diego area for nearly a month while looking for work before he was arrested Sunday at a suburban San Diego motel, sources familiar with the case said Tuesday. The disclosure surfaced as defrocked minister Jeffrey D. Lundgren, 39, made a brief court appearance Tuesday morning at which his lawyer formally declared that Lundgren was resisting extradition to Ohio.
NEWS
January 8, 1990 | JEANNETTE AVENT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calm was reported restored at the San Diego County jail in Chula Vista Sunday after a riot in which 27 inmates were injured. No law enforcement officers were injured during the 20-minute fracas, which began about 9 p.m. Saturday. Cellblock 3-A was locked down after a major disturbance broke out between black and Latino inmates and they refused to return to their cells from a common area shared by inmates, said San Diego County Sheriff's Capt. Charles Wood, the jail's commander.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
After a year in which the San Diego County Grand Jury has bucked the norm and leveled blistering reports against the Sheriff's Department, the local jail system, and child protection services, the panel Friday issued its final summary report and announced it will disband next week. "The public was demanding that certain things be looked at," foreman Armistead B. Smith Jr. said in reflecting on the unusually strident pace set by his group over the past year. "We endeavored to be very active.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
San Diego County jails are fraught with "unacceptable safety and health hazards" caused by years of poor preventive maintenance, even to the point that some inmates cannot be removed from cells in emergencies, according to the county grand jury. Among other things, the grand jury found that many smoke detectors do not work and that many sinks, toilets and urinals routinely leak. The grand jury's findings are based on a report issued Wednesday summarizing the results of its inspection of the six county detention facilities during the last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1989
Citing the constitutional rights of inmates in San Diego County jails, Sheriff John Duffy has issued a policy that will forbid smoking in the county's seven jails as of July 1. The policy will apply to inmates as well as to officers, said Sgt. Bob Takeshta, department spokesman. Because jails are closed environments, there is no way for nonsmokers to escape the smoke, which violates a prisoner's constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment, said Takeshta. San Diego is the fifth county in California to declare a no-smoking policy in its jails.
NEWS
January 10, 1990 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON and H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The leader of a religious cult who was sought in the ritualistic slayings of an Ohio family had been collecting welfare checks in the San Diego area for nearly a month before his arrest Sunday at a National City motel, authorities said Tuesday. The disclosure surfaced as defrocked minister Jeffrey D. Lundgren, 39, made a brief court appearance Tuesday morning at which his lawyer said Lundgren would resist extradition to Ohio.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
San Diego County jails are fraught with "unacceptable safety and health hazards" caused by years of poor preventive maintenance, even to the point that some inmates cannot be removed from cells in emergencies, according to the county grand jury. Among other things, the grand jury found that many smoke detectors do not work and that many sinks, toilets and urinals routinely leak. The grand jury's findings are based on a report issued Wednesday summarizing the results of its inspection of the six county detention facilities during the last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
Decrying the level of health care in the San Diego County jails as "primitive" and "very poor," the grand jury on Thursday called for the medical services program for inmates to be removed from the Sheriff's Department and transferred to the county Health Services Department. In two separate reports, the grand jury also blasted the Sheriff's Department for specifically providing inadequate care for women and mentally ill prisoners, for not having an acceptable process to review inmate deaths and for not seeking and obtaining proper medical accreditation, as done by other correctional facilities in the state.
NEWS
November 11, 1988 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
Rather than being a spontaneous outbreak of violence stemming from overcrowded conditions, rioting at the San Diego County Jail in El Cajon may have been a carefully planned, racially motivated attack, authorities said Thursday. Jail officials believe that Wednesday night's riot that left 36 inmates injured resulted from a plot by a group of Latino inmates to attack black prisoners, jail commander Capt. Benny McLaughlin said.
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