California’s Civil Grand Juries and Prison Conditions 2007-17

Richardson-Oakes, Anne and Adeleye, Nkem and Killingley, J. (2019) California’s Civil Grand Juries and Prison Conditions 2007-17. San Diego Law Review. ISSN 0036-4037 (In Press)

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Abstract

In this paper we evaluate the potential for California’s so-called civil grand juries to detect substandard prison conditions and maltreatment of inmates and make recommendations for improvement. We describe relevant reports by grand juries between 2007-17 and evaluate the effectiveness of these in improving conditions in a representative sample of counties. We conclude that the civil grand jury is a potentially effective tool for oversight but its effectiveness is hampered by competing duties, variable investigative methodologies, and lack of clear objectives for performance of their statutory duties.

Item Type: Article
Date: 23 November 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: civil grand juries – prison reform – Californian prison conditions – inmate mistreatment
Subjects: M100 Law by area
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
Depositing User: Anne Richardson-Oakes
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2019 16:10
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2020 03:00
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8517

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