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Supes respond to juvenile hall report

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors approved their written responses on Tuesday to a Civil Grand Jury report on Carl F. Bryan II Hall, the detention facility for minors.

The grand jury report was prepared by a group of citizens that has been led for the past three years by foreman Ray Hoffman. Few issues raised in the report were discussed at Tuesday’s meeting, which was chaired by the Grass Valley area District Supervisor John Spencer during Nevada City area District Supervisor Nate Beason’s absence.

Among the topics addressed at the meeting was the report’s recommendation that “juveniles should be thoroughly strip-searched after contact visits.”

Strip-searching minors is a “fuzzy” issue, Supervisor Sue Horne said at the meeting.

“Juvenile Hall strip-search policy underwent extensive rewriting by County Counsel in March 2005,” Supervisors wrote in the report to Nevada County Judge Al Dover.

“There is also a difference between Federal and State law with regard to strip searches, which further adds issues as to when a permissable strip search may be done,” they wrote.

The grand jury’s recommendation to strip-search juveniles after contact visits “has been partially implemented,” Supervisors stated in their written response, adding that “in situations where legally permitted, some juveniles are strip-searched.”

The grand jury report also recommended having medical staff present at the facility for longer periods of time.

Supervisors’ responded that the current level of on-site care of four to five hours per day, five days each week is “adequate.”

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