OFFICE OF CHIEF OF POLICE
107 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA LOMPOC, CALIFORNIA 93436 Business (805) 736-2341 Emergency (805) 736-4511
May 1, 1995
Santa Barbara County Grand Jury
1100 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
RE: 1995 Grand Jury Report
Dear Members of the Santa Barbara County Grand Jury:
The Santa Barbara County Grand Jury issued the 1995 Grand Jury Report during the month of April, 1995.
Although the Lompoc Police Department has been in contact with the media during the past week regarding that portion of the report relating to jail facilities, the only copy I have reviewed to date was supplied by the Santa Barbara News Press.
Because of the importance placed on the Grand Jury Report, I have taken the opportunity to prepare a prompt response to those findings which relate to the Lompoc Jail. The attached report contains our comments.
Please feel free to contact me concerning this report.
R. 0. Hebert,
Chief of Police
cc Frank Priore, City Administrator
Lompoc Police Department 1995 Grand Jury Report
The Lompoc Police Department operates a Type 1 jail facility in accordance with the Minimum Jail Standards specified in Title 15 of the California Code of Regulation.
The Lompoc Jail is inspected biennially by the Board of Corrections. The most recent inspection was on January 26, 1994. Following this inspection, the Board of Corrections determined that the Lompoc Jail is operating within the minimum standards set for Type 1 jails in the State of California.
The 1995 report of the Grand Jury indicated that the Lompoc Jail
is authorized to hold prisoners for up to 48 hours.
Title 15., Section 1006 (11) of the California Code of Regulation permits Type 1 jails to house prisoners for a maximum of 96 hours, excluding holidays.
2. Comments Regarding Recommendations and Findings:
Finding #1: The Lompoc Police Department does not have adequate facilities to house inebriates.
The Lompoc Jail has adequate facilities to house male inebriates. A cell meeting minimum jail standards is available and utilized to house those male prisoners who are deemed grossly intoxicated to the extent that housing in the regular jail population is inappropriate.
A cell for use by inebriated female prisoners is not available because of limitations on available cell space which could be converted for this use. The volume of inebriated female prisoners does not justify removing a bunked cell from regular usage. Inebriated female prisoners are currently processed in one of three ways:
1. Those female prisoners who are intoxicated but not
necessarily to a degree which jeopardizes their safety may be housed in a bunked cell. (An example of this is the female DUI arrestee who is legally under the influence of alcohol for the purpose of operating a motor vehicle, yet is not considered inebriated.)
2. Female prisoners considered inebriated to the extent
that housing in the regular population is unwise due to concerns for their safety are housed in a holding room in the jail receiving area until such time as they can be placed in regular jail housing.
3. The female prisoner who is deemed to be grossly
inebriated whose needs exceed the capabilities of the Lompoc Jail should be transferred to the County Jail.
Recommendation #1a: The Lompoc Police Department should convert an additional cell into a detoxification cell.
The Lompoc Jail currently has two bunked cells with barred jail doors available for the housing of female prisoners. One additional bunked cell with a solid door is available to house female prisoners (or high risk male prisoners when necessary).
The removal of bunks from one of these cells would result in loss of valuable housing space which is far more valuable and necessary as a regular housing unit than a female detoxification cell which would receive only occasional use.
The option of transferring grossly inebriated female prisoners to the County Jail, while rarely used, remains a viable alternative for processing these prisoners.
Recommendation #lb: The City of Lompoc, in conjunction with the Lompoc Police Department, should develop a Sobering Center.
The establishment of a Sobering Center is an alternative to the booking of intoxicated prisoners into jail. The City of Lompoc has adequate capabilities to handle the intoxicated prisoner in the Lompoc Jail.
No mandate exists for the establishment of Sobering Centers. The implementation of a contracted Sobering Center program in Lompoc would also result in an unnecessary cost. Intoxicated prisoners will continue to be handled by existing means.
Finding #2: The Lompoc Police Department does not have appropriate facilities for prisoner visits.
The Lompoc Jail was modified in 1987. At that time, additional holding and inmate processing space was constructed. Visitation space was not included at that time as Type 1 jail facilities were not mandated to provide visitation for short term prisoners.
Shortly after construction was completed, a legal opinion was rendered which mandated visitation for all prisoners. The Lompoc Jail did not have adequate facilities for this purpose and developed the existing visitation policy which affords visitation through the glass window of the booking room.
Few requests are made for visitation of inmates in custody in the Lompoc Jail. The existing policy, while not ideal, is adequate and meets the Minimum Jail Standards of Title 15.
Recommendation #2: The Lompoc Police Department should create an adequate area separate from the booking area for prisoner visits.
Research has been conducted into construction of a visitation room however this is not practical due to space and monetary constraints. Video visitation is an option that is being studied.