December 2, 2023
The central jail on Entrance Avenue in downtown San Diego. Picture by Chris Stone

San Diego County Sheriff‘s officers have agreed to implement a sequence of modifications at county jails geared toward bettering situations for disabled inmates, it was introduced Tuesday.

The modifications slated for the county’s detention services stem from a settlement settlement reached in a lawsuit filed on behalf of over a dozen individuals who have been in custody at county jails. The plaintiffs alleged San Diego County’s jails lacked infrastructure to stop disabled inmates from sustaining accidents whereas incarcerated and demanded the sheriff’s division improve its jail services accordingly.

Sheriff’s officers say the modifications will convey county jails into compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act.

Jail showers, bathrooms and beds shall be introduced into compliance with the ADA, signal language interpretation shall be offered for inmates who use signal language as their main type of communication, and all these booked into jail shall be evaluated to find out if they’ve listening to or talking disabilities, in accordance with a sheriff’s assertion.

The division additionally stated these with mobility or listening to points “shall be offered secure and accessible housing, in addition to companies that can accommodate their wants,” and that division insurance policies and procedures shall be up to date to raised serve these in custody with disabilities.

“Incapacity rights are civil rights and the sheriff holds the rights of all people in county jails as paramount,” the division’s assertion learn. “The San Diego County Sheriff’s Division has taken important steps to extend entry for individuals with disabilities, whereas nonetheless complying with all different state legal guidelines and constitutionally protected rights for incarcerated people.”