SANTA BARBARA COUNTY GRAND JURY 1995-96

GRAND JURY CONTINUITY SECTION

"What really happens to Grand Jury recommendations?"
The 1995-96 Grand Jury decided to answer the question.

 

Background

The 1993-94 Grand Jury started a "Review of Responses" report for the previous year's Grand Jury Findings and Recommendations. In the review, the adequacy or inadequacy of responses was assessed.

The 1994-95 Grand Jury continued writing a review report. It found that the responses were "substantially improved over those of prior Grand Jury reports." The improved quality of the responses was attributed in part to an increased awareness by responding agencies because their statements would be subject to future scrutiny, public reporting and possible follow-up.

Early in its term, the 1995-96 Grand Jury carried on the "tradition" of reviewing responses to the previous year's Findings and Recommendations. That report is published in this section as Report R. The jury recommended that when an agency states it will implement specific recommendations, the next Grand Jury should follow-up to make certain the agency has done so.

In the last month of its term, the 1995-96 Grand Jury created another type of review. This Follow Through Report advances the review process by tracking Actions Completed and Actions Pending. That report is published in this section as Report S.

The 1995-96 Grand Jury culled a list of recommendations specifically addressed to next year's Grand Jury. The summary is printed at the conclusion of this section.

To underscore the importance of Grand Jury continuity, the 1995-96 Grand Jury has given these reports and summary a separate section in the Grand Jury's Final Book. This will provide the opportunity for the 1996-97 Grand Jury to monitor the stated actions.