Santa Clara County Settles Lawsuit Over Jail Conditions for Physically Disabled Inmates

This marks the second consent decree imposed on the county jail system—the fifth largest in California—since last month.

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith Poised for Sixth Term

John Hirokawa forced his former boss into her first runoff, but Sheriff Laurie Smith still managed to secure a commanding lead.

Santa Clara Co. Settles Prison Law Office Litigation Over Unlawful Jail Conditions

After three years of negotiations, the county has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit over unconstitutional jail conditions.

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.

Valley Med Psychiatrist Jan Weber Wins $1.5 Million in Wrongful Termination Suit

A Stanford-trained psychiatrist who lost his job at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center won a $1.5 million judgment last week.

Ex-Deputy’ Union President Don Morrissey Resigns From Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

Don Morrissey, a twice-demoted deputy who recently resigned as union president, is set to give up his badge this weekend.

Santa Clara County Wants a Closer Look at Sheriff Laurie Smith’s Overtime Spending

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has far exceeded its overtime budget in the past six years, according to a newly published audit.

Proposed Carve-Out of Homeless Housing Bond Meets Resistance from Silicon Valley Nonprofits

The county will consider setting aside 5 percent of a homeless housing bond for developmentally disabled people who are already housed.

Sheriff Candidate John Hirokawa Says He Willfully Ignored His Campaign Funder’s Bigoted Texts

Retired Undersheriff John Hirokawa has changed his mind about whether the county should have fired one of his biggest supporters.

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.