Grand Jury

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/14, 8:26 PM PDT | Updated: 9 hrs ago

Grand Jury foreman Rosie Hinojos chalked it up to a more efficient and better managed county than in previous years.

“The departments are just cleaning up their act and watching how their money is being spent,” Hinojos said. “It was just one of those years.”

Members of the Grand Jury visited the county’s five main jails – West Valley, Central Detention Center in San Bernardino, Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore, the Victorville jail and the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto, between August 2013 and March. All were determined to be in compliance with the California Code of Regulations as it pertains to adult detention facilities.

Hinojos said the Grand Jury was surprised when the news broke in April about the allegations at West Valley, which prompted an FBI criminal investigation and an internal affairs investigation by the Sheriff’s Department, both of which are still pending.

“Everything we saw in the jails indicated they were running the way they should,” Hinojos said. “There were no problems with any of the ones we saw or visited.”

Two federal lawsuits totaling 10 inmate plaintiffs have been filed in U.S. District Court alleging civil rights violations. Jim Terrell, one of three Victorville attorneys representing the inmates in the lawsuits, called the Grand Jury report a “sham.”

“Did the Grand Jury ask one question of anyone involved in the recent FBI investigation or meet with abused prisoners’ family members?” Terrell said in an e-mail.

Three rookie deputies, Brock Teyechea, Andrew Cruz and Nicholas Oakley – all of whom were fresh out of the training academy and had been on the force less than a year, were fired in the wake of the investigations.

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