FAIRFIELD — The Solano County grand jury reported a sharp upturn in inmate attacks on staff at the Claybank jail since 2011.
The report issued Thursday said inmate attacks had jumped by 284 percent. The number might be misleading.
“Yes, we have seen a sharp increase in the number of assaults,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jackson Harris said.
Claybank jail averaged one attack per month in 2011. That number had climbed last year to a monthly average of 3.8 attacks.
Jail officials blame the increase in violence entirely on the passage of Assembly Bill 109 in 2011. The law relegated offending parolees and offenders of nonviolent crimes from state prison to county’s jails.
Harris said that roughly 30 percent of the jail’s current population is current or former state prison inmates.
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