Grand Jury critical of DA

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Cites lack of prosecutions for jail crimes in final report

A large percentage of crimes committed inside the Madera County jail were not being prosecuted by the Madera County District Attorney’s office, and as a result, safety issues were being created for correctional officers and inmates, according to the final report of the Madera County Grand Jury for 2012-2013.

But that seems to have turned around since the Grand Jury commenced its investigation last October, said the jail commander.

Director of Corrections Manuel Perez confirmed that before the Grand Jury’s investigation, there were problems. However, since Oct. 25, 2012, when the Jury began its investigation of the jail, “the situation with the district attorney has turned around 180 degrees,” Perez told The Madera Tribune.

The Grand Jury report says internal crimes within the jail had been increasing and were being referred to the Madera County District Attorney’s office, but approximately 80 percent were rejected for prosecution...

 

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