Civilian oversight of Santa Clara County jails proposed

SAN JOSE — If one Santa Clara County supervisor has his way, “meaningful civilian oversight” could soon be coming to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Corrections, more than two years after three guards murdered an inmate in his cell.

On Wednesday, Supervisor Joe Simitian revealed a proposal to create an office of correction and law enforcement oversight. The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider the idea Wednesday.

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