Pursuant to California Penal Code Section 919(b), the 2020-2021 Ventura County Grand Jury (Grand Jury) is required to inquire into the condition and management of the public prisons within Ventura County (County). The
Grand Jury inspected the following public prisons in the County:
Ventura County Juvenile Facilities operated by the Ventura County Probation Agency
Pre-Trial Detention Facility operated by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO)
Todd Road Jail operated by VCSO
Ventura Youth Correctional Facility operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice
The East Jail, operated by VCSO, was closed in April 2020 in response to the COVID pandemic and is not expected to reopen until July 2021 at the earliest. Accordingly, the Grand Jury did not inspect that facility.
As of the dates of the inspections, the Grand Jury found that all the facilities inspected generally appeared to be well maintained and free of odors, litter, graffiti or unsafe conditions, except as noted in the report with respect to the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility.
The Grand Jury appreciates the cooperation of and the efforts made by the Ventura County Probation Agency, VCSO and the California Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice that allowed the Grand Jury to conduct its inspections using COVID protocols in place at the time of the inspections.
The public is invited to review the entire report at https:/ / www.vent ura.org/ gran d- jury/ fiscal year 2020-2021 in the Annual Reports tab in “Fiscal Year 2020-2021.”