Peralta Community College District Joins Call For Sheriff’s Office Audit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2019

Press Contact: Ashley Chambers, ashley@ellabakercenter.org, 510-417-6071 ; Terence Long, terence@ellabakercenter.org, 510-936-0344

Peralta Community College District Joins Call For Sheriff’s Office Audit

OAKLAND, CA -- The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) unanimously passed a resolution calling for a full financial and performance audit of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) during the PCCD Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7 p.m.

This action comes after the PCCD Board of Trustees amended its current contract with the ACSO during a June 11, 2019 board meeting. Under the contract, the Sheriff’s office will continue providing police services to Peralta Colleges until June 30, 2020.

PCCD Student Trustee Aisha Jordan shared her concern at a recent board meeting and urged the need to hold the Sheriff’s office accountable.

Jordan said, “We’ve had a lot of complaints from students, including myself...and students that have come before our Board of Trustees’ meetings voicing their concern about the treatment that they have received. I think that we really need to create a language that is holding accountability [of ACSO].”

The PCCD joins a growing number of legislators, community organizations, and civil rights advocates calling for greater accountability and transparency around Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern and in particular, his oversight of individuals incarcerated at Santa Rita jail. Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) wrote a letter to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors expressing concern about the ACSO’s expanding budget and allegations of abuse. The Berkeley and Oakland City Councils have also passed resolutions calling for an audit of the ACSO.

“With increasing overwhelming support for an independent audit of the Sheriff’s office, we have to scratch our heads and wonder why the Alameda County Board of Supervisors is failing to act. How many more in-custody deaths and civil suits have to take place before the board realizes the severe urgency behind an independent audit,” said Jose Bernal of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

ACSO scandals and accusations of misconduct continue to mount, including a class action lawsuit for widespread sleep deprivation of people incarcerated in Alameda County jails, 35 in-custody deaths, collaboration with I.C.E., the illegal recording of juveniles and their attorneys, and 29 civil suits by women alleging abuse and mistreatment, including a pregnant mother who was forced to give birth alone in a dirty cell while guards ignored her screams, as well as several reports of forced abortions.

Link to PCCD Agenda (Item 7.6)

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