"As conversations about disparities in police killings and incarceration rates hit the news, one researcher wanted to answer a simple question: What’s the demographic profile of people being arrested? “I was looking for data and I was unable to find it, so I went out and I made it,” says Erin J. McCauley, the author of a new study on disability and arrest rates and a doctoral candidate in policy analysis and management at Cornell University."
"In a long-awaited action, a criminal justice advocacy group filed a class-action lawsuit against the Santa Barbara County Jail last week. Disability Rights California, a state-mandated organization, alleged jail staff provided “inhumane” and “unsanitary” living conditions for inmates. At least 10 people, many with serious health issues, have died in the jail in the last six years, the lawsuit states.
"A federal class-action lawsuit claims the Santa Barbara County Jail fails to provide basic mental-health and medical care, misuses solitary confinement, discriminates against people with disabilities, and provides “inhumane, unsanitary, and unsafe living conditions.”
The lawsuit, naming inmates Clay Martin Burt Murray, David Franco, Shareen Winkle, Maria Tracy and Eric Brown as plaintiffs, lists Santa Barbara County and the Sheriff’s Department as defendants."
By Nick Welsh
Of the 1,051 inmates locked up in Santa Barbara County Jail on October 20, 544 of them — or 52 percent — had been enrolled at some point as mental-health patients with the county’s Department of Behavioral Wellness. Of those, 170 were currently enrolled. “I expected the numbers to be high, but that’s higher than even I expected,” said Behavioral Wellness boss Alice Gleghorn, who noted her department only treats people with serious to acute mental-health problems.
By Ben Hattem
Kaden Perrizo was 11 years old when he entered an “orthopedic impaired” class at Taylor Elementary in Santa Clara, California. Kaden suffered an immune system disease as a toddler that left him unable to walk without leg braces or to speak more than a few words; his parents say he functions cognitively like a 4-year-old. His teacher, according to allegations set forth in a lawsuit brought by Kaden's parents on his behalf, tied him to a chair. He was also confined in a 3-by-4-foot cell made of bookshelves. The lawsuit also alleges that the school turned a blind eye to the teacher's conduct until a staff member sent an anonymous four-page email to supervisors...
"Kaden Perrizo was 11 years old when he entered an “orthopedic impaired” class at Taylor Elementary in Santa Clara, California. Kaden suffered an immune system disease as a toddler that left him unable to walk without leg braces or to speak more than a few words; his parents say he functions cognitively like a 4-year-old.
"The city’s struggling to balance its response to a public health emergency and exploding homelessness with past and pending legal cases meant to preserve homeless San Diegans’ rights.
Amid ramped up enforcement aimed at the homeless population, which has been hit hardest by the hepatitis A outbreak, the city’s had to grapple with settlements laying out rules for police ticketing homeless people and two more recent lawsuits challenging city enforcement tacks.
"SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A group of homeless residents say they have filed a class-action lawsuit against the city of San Diego Thursday over the city's Oversized Vehicle Ordinance.
Under the ordinance, RVs cannot be parked on city streets between 2 a.m.-6 a.m. unless the owner has a permit. Also, RVs cannot be parked within 50 feet of an intersection.
The order was designed to protect San Diego homeowners against RVs becoming potential eyesores in their neighborhoods."
"SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — San Diegans who live in their vehicles say they are fed up with how they're being treated by the city and now they're filing a class action lawsuit.
They're upset over their cars being impounded, getting citations they can't afford to pay and getting, what they call, constant harassment by police.
Those who are homeless and live in RVs led a caravan through Downtown San Diego on Thursday hoping to drive home their message and their plight."
"SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A major lawsuit was filed against the City of San Diego Thursday for violating the rights of the homeless and the disabled homeless.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the hundreds of people who live in their cars and RV’s.
After years of tickets and towing, the homeless are fighting back.