Marin

[Marin County] Editorial: County needs to take a hard look at costs of juvenile hall

Once again, Marin County’s juvenile hall has fallen under the microscope of the county’s grand jury and has garnered mixed reviews.

While the nightly average of 12 young inmates in a facility built to hold 40 is a reflection of the county’s success in using effective alternatives to incarceration and recidivism, the daily public cost per inmate — $759 — is too steep for the grand jury’s taste.

It was only two years ago that another Marin grand jury reached the same conclusion.

[Marin County] Marin panel renews appeal for youth jail cost-cutting

The Marin County Civil Grand Jury is renewing its call for an overhaul of the youth jail program, saying its costs are “indefensibly high.”

The investigative panel revisited the jail issue in its latest study, “The Future of Juvenile Detention in Marin: A Follow-up Report.” The title refers to a similar report the jury released in June 2015.

Then and now, the jury concluded that Marin County Juvenile Hall in San Rafael does not house enough defendants to justify the expense of running it.

[Marin County] San Rafael: ‘Disjointed’ process for housing homeless

Marin County needs a centralized coordination system to deal with homeless people if the area is going to achieve a stated goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2022, a San Rafael official said.

“We need to create more operational efficiency for stakeholders,” said Andrew Hening, San Rafael’s director of homeless planning and outreach, in a report Monday to the City Council. “Currently, the housing development process in our region is very disjointed.”

[Marin County] Editorial: A single agency running Marin’s school bus program makes sense

It is Marin Transit’s job to move people in a dependable, affordable and convenient fashion around the county.

It shouldn’t matter whether this responsibility is moving adults to and from their jobs or getting children to and from school.

That’s why Marin Transit should be in a position to run Marin’s school bus programs, which are currently run in individual communities under differing governance.

[Marin County] Marin civil grand jury calls for countywide school bus program

Marin Transit should take the lead in creating a countywide school bus program that would be funded by the county and its cities and towns, Marin’s civil grand jury says.

“Traffic congestion is consistently cited as the No. 1 problem in Marin County and school-related traffic is a significant contributor,” the recommendation in a report issued by the jury Friday reads.

[Marin County] Civil grand jury calls for improved body cameras

All but one of Marin County’s law enforcement agencies now employ body-worn cameras, but the majority use versions that require manual activation. A new report by the Marin County Civil Grand Jury recommends that all agencies switch to cameras that are automatically activated by various triggers, saying the use of body cameras leads to fewer complaints and that the “inexorable trend is toward liberalization of public release criteria of police video.” 

[Marin County] Civil grand jury calls for improved body cameras

All but one of Marin County’s law enforcement agencies now employ body-worn cameras, but the majority use versions that require manual activation. A new report by the Marin County Civil Grand Jury recommends that all agencies switch to cameras that are automatically activated by various triggers, saying the use of body cameras leads to fewer complaints and that the “inexorable trend is toward liberalization of public release criteria of police video.” 

[Marin County] Marin IJ Readers’ Forum for June 7, 2018: Marin Villages is helping county’s older adults

The question. “Is Marin ready for its aging demographic?” is not new. The response, regrettably, is probably not “so what are we doing about it?” Comparing our programs against a federal requirement is using a standard lower than what most of us would find acceptable for a loved one or family member.

[Marin County] Report dings county over Marin City housing holdup

A proposal to bring mixed-income housing to Golden Gate Village, while providing units for current residents, should move forward posthaste, according to a new report from the Marin County Civil Grand Jury.

Last year, county officials tapped Tampa-based CVR Associates to look at the future of the 296-unit Golden Gate Village public housing complex in Marin City. That plan calls for partial redevelopment with a private developer, with an emphasis on green technology. The plan was approved by the Marin Housing Authority board earlier this year.

[Marin County] County tweaks policies for ill inmates

In response to mounting pressure from the Marin County Civil Grand Jury, the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff’s Office have taken steps to improve the care of mentally ill inmates in the county jail. 

Last week, supervisors unanimously approved their obligatory response to the jury’s February report that reprimanded the county for not addressing recommendations, first issued last summer, for increased care for the incarcerated. Their response largely mirrors one that the Sheriff’s Office sent in April.