Senator Nancy Skinner Joins Growing Movement Calling for an Audit of Alameda County Sheriff Ahern

Contact: Terence Long, 510-936-0344

Oakland, California -- In a letter to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) expressed concern about reports of abuse and civil rights violations by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) and support for Alameda County advocates demanding an audit of the ACSO.
In the letter dated February 15th, Senator Skinner writes, “I’m concerned about troubling reports that have emerged surrounding the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO). These concerns range from allegations of abuse to an expanding ACSO budget. Alameda County residents deserve full transparency and accountability, and I fully support community members in their request for an independent financial and performance audit of the ACSO. I respectfully urge you to do so as well.” 
Senator Skinner is the latest elected leader to call for greater accountability of Sheriff Ahern. In May, 2018, the Berkeley City Council passed a resolution calling for an audit of the ACSO.
“Senator Skinner is a great advocate for criminal justice reform and police transparency” said Jose Bernal, Senior Organizer and Advocate.  “She’s heard the voices of her constituents, who have real concerns about the harm that the ACSO has inflicted on Alameda County residents under Sheriff Ahern’s watch. It’s time for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to finally hold Sheriff Ahern accountable.”
Click on the image below to read the full letter to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.


The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, located in Oakland, was founded in 1996 by Van Jones, Diana Frapier and Mike McLoone. The Ella Baker Center is named after Ella Baker, a brilliant, black hero of the civil rights movement. Following in her footsteps, we organize with Black, Brown, and low-income people to shift resources away from prisons and punishment, and towards opportunities that make our communities safe, healthy, and strong.