REDDING, Calif. (AP) The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is agreeing to improve jail conditions for inmates with mobility disabilities to settle a class-action lawsuit.
The settlement set for a judge’s review in February requires the department to remove physical barriers for inmates who have difficulty walking and take any other steps recommended by an outside expert. It will hire a coordinator to make sure the jail complies with accessibility laws.
Inmates’ attorney Steven Ragland said in a statement Monday that the settlement should serve as a model for reforms in other California prisons and jails.
Sheriff’s officials did not respond to repeated telephone messages.
Many counties have struggled with an increase in disabled inmates in outdated jails since California began keeping lower-level offenders in county jails instead of state prisons six years ago.