OCSD announces changes to jail operations to increase custody mental health services


Editor’s note: The Orange County Sheriff’s Department released the following news announcement today, Wednesday, March 27, 2019: Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Don Barnes announced major changes to Orange County’s jail operations to efficiently use department resources and address the increasing need for inmates requiring mental health services. “Since 2015, we have seen a 40 percent increase in open mental health cases in our jails,” said Sheriff Barnes. “The number of mental health cases now reach almost 1,800 on any given day. Consequently, we must focus on enhancing our mental health services and expanding the number of beds available for individuals with…

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