SAN DIEGO (CNS) - After years of slamming the overcrowded and dilapidated conditions at the area's primary jail for women, the San Diego County Grand Jury described the Las Colinas Detention facility as "well kept" and "well maintained" in a report issued Wednesday.
The panel had no criticisms of the facility in Santee after a visit last September. Harsh condemnation of conditions at Las Colinas in the past led the county to commit to building a new, larger women's jail.
Groundbreaking for the new Las Colinas Detention Facility is scheduled for this summer, according to the grand jury report.
Other female detainees are housed at the Vista Detention Facility, which also holds male inmates.
One of the challenges jail officials face is a rising need to separate various categories of prisoners. In 2008, 12 percent of inmates had to be kept apart from the general population -- either because they were in protective custody, were sexually violent or for other reasons. The figure is now up to 18 percent.
The grand jury said Gov. Jerry Brown's public safety realignment will likely increase the figure further. State officials, however, say only non-violent inmates will stay in local custody.
The only recommendation made by the grand jury was for the county to offer Saturday parental visiting hours at a juvenile girls' rehabilitation facility.
The county Probation Department was ordered to respond to the report by July 31.
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.