Grand Jury blasts supervisors, sheriff over courthouse security |

Grand Jury blasts supervisors, sheriff over courthouse security

Moving inmates through crowded Nevada County Courthouse hallways is “irresponsible,” expensive, and a potential threat to the public, law enforcement and the prisoners, according to a grand jury report issued Wednesday.

The 2006-2007 Nevada County Grand Jury admonished the Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Keith Royal for not using a closed-circuit system already in place that links the courts to the county jail for court hearings.

The grand jury said the courthouse security concerns are not new and were addressed in 1998-1999 and 2001-2002 reports.

“The grand jury has repeatedly called attention to the lack of security within the Nevada County Courthouse, and the (Board of Supervisors) and the Sheriff have repeatedly promised to address these problems without result. This inaction does not well serve the public or the inmates,” the new report said.

The report also said more space should be provided for female inmates at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, because the lack of space forces them and male inmates to share a recreation area ” a potentially dangerous situation.

The grand jury recommended building a female inmate housing unit and a courtroom at the jail for electronic hearings.

You can find the report at

For more on the story, see later today and Thursday’s print edition of The Union.

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