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

Richardson-Oakes, Anne and Adeleye, Nkem and Killingley, J. (2020) California’s Civil Grand Juries and Prison Conditions 2007-17. San Diego Law Review, 57 (3). pp. 609-674. ISSN 0036-4037

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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
23 November 2019Accepted
28 October 2020Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: civil grand juries, prison reform, Californian prison conditions, inmate mistreatment
Subjects: CAH16 - law > CAH16-01 - law > CAH16-01-01 - law
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > College of Law, Social and Criminal Justice
Depositing User: Anne Richardson Oakes
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2019 16:10
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 14:08

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