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Jail Discharge Procedure May Get a Second Look

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on March 9, 2014 · 0 comments

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A Santa Barbara grand jury is recommending changes to the way inmates are released from jail during late-night hours.

After a review of current procedures, the jury concluded that inmates released late at night don’t receive information about their options, including a bus or taxi voucher, the opportunity to use the phone, or that they are allowed to wait in the lobby for a ride. The jury found that not advising inmates of these options creates a safety risk for both the community and the inmates.

Instead, faith-based services like Orange County’s Lights On program are filling those gaps. Lights On is a converted motor home that sits in the jail parking lot to help individuals after late-night releases. It’s staffed by volunteers and provides coffee, snacks, bus schedules, AA fliers and a free phone to call a ride. 

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