Santa Clara County Pays $365K to Settle Excessive-Force Case

Santa Clara County has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by former inmate Rikki Martinez, who says he was brutally beaten by jail guards.

Demotion Over Hateful Texts Moves to Center Stage in Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Race

A powerful union leader violated agency policies by failing to report hate speech—and the former undersheriff leapt to his defense.

Santa Clara County Correctional Deputies Face 15 Years to Life in Prison for Inmate’s Fatal Beating

Three Santa Clara County jail guards convicted of fatally beating a mentally ill inmate will serve 15 years to life in prison.

Santa Clara County May Place Jails Under Civilian Oversight

Santa Clara County will consider whether to create a civilian watchdog division to keep an eye on its troubled jails.

Escaped Santa Clara County Inmates Still on the Run

Two Santa Clara County inmates who broke out of the Main Jail in San Jose the day before Thanksgiving are still on the lam, authorities said.

New Law Ensures Voting Rights for Felons in Local Jails

Despite opposition from law enforcement, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new law last month that protects voting rights for felons in county jails.

DA’s Office Flip-Flops on Charges for Jail Guard Assault 3 Years Ago

A former Santa Clara County jail guard was arrested on suspicion of beating an inmate years ago, raising concerns about what took so long.

2 Jail Guards Charged with Beating Shackled Inmate

Two Santa Clara County jail guards have been charged with beating a shackled inmate, the District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

Jail Guard Arrested on Suspicion of Molesting 9-Year-Old Girl

A Santa Clara County jail guard has been suspended from work after his arrest Monday on suspicion of molesting a child in 2012.

Sheriff’s Office Still Coy about Use of Force in Local Jails

It wasn’t until December, under mounting public pressure, that the Sheriff’s Office disclosed its jail use-of-force and cell extraction policies.