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Nevada Co Sheriff Disappointed With High Court Decision

More direct, but still secure, contact between inmates and their lawyers is now allowed at the Nevada County jail. Sheriff Keith Royal says they’ve made a lot of progress, regardless of this week’s decision from the State Supreme Court to deny a request from the county to review a state appeals court ruling on the issue. In April, the appeals court upheld a county judge’s ruling that inmates have a right to barrier-free contacts. Royal says the Sheriff’s Department had restricted contacts to talking by phone with a glass barrier. He says non-barrier meetings require more security, with lawyers at risk of being attacked, and budgets have been tight…

click to listen to Sheriff Royal

But Royal says the county is now in the process of providing mesh barriers that don’t require phone use and have also identified an office area for such meetings that are not where inmates congregate. He also says the county has always provided courthouse areas for meetings…

click to listen to Sheriff Royal

Efforts to reach Nevada County’s public defender, whose office has been negotiating improvements with the Sheriff’s Department, were unsuccessful.

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