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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Butte County Supervisor to Talk Military Equipment, ICE Prisoner Access

OROVIL — Two potentially controversial law enforcement-related items will be brought before the Butte County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, including a presentation on prisoner access by U.S. immigrants and Customs Enforcement, as well as the use of military equipment by the Sheriff’s Office.

The ICE presentation and a public hearing are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in the board rooms and will be given by Sheriff Cory Honia.

“In accordance with California Government Code Section 7283.1(d), the Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing to obtain information from the Sheriff regarding access to persons held in Butte County Jail by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.” According to the report of the concerned employees. “The Board will also receive and consider the public comments relating to the issue.”

According to staff reports, the presentation will go to the California Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds Act, commonly known as the Truth Act.

Like the city of Chico before it, the county will decide whether to allow the use of military equipment by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. A list of state-defined military equipment will be presented for public view.

Local law enforcement agencies are now required to provide information on county-owned equipment and obtain approval from the agency’s governing body.

other business

The Board will consider contracting with Valley Oak Children Services for child care management within the region.

It is part of CalWORK’s welfare-to-work program and, if approved, will enter the county in an agreement with Wally Oak by June 30, 2025. Although the cost of the contract does not exceed $5.77 million, it is funded by it. State of California.

Another contract item that will be considered is an amendment with Trinity Services Group Inc. for inmate meal services at Butte County Jail.

The contract with the group began in 2019 for three years and now the sheriff will ask for an extension until June 24, 2024, with a maximum cost of $5.6 million.

Eight cases of abatement of nuisance and lien will go to the board, which will decide whether to fine the landowners.

The Butte County Board of Supervisors usually meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 9 a.m. in their chambers located at 25 County Center Drive, Suite 205 in Oroville. The meetings are free and open to the public. Those who have not been fully vaccinated, it is mandatory for them to wear a mask while in the building.

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