Sheriff Laurie Smith: Making the Argument Against Herself

UPDATE: Dan Noyes of ABC 7 posted below, he will have a different take on the jails story tonight at 6.  Watch on TV or watch online.

The Mercury News has put out an editorial piece by the sheriff. (Okay, not really, but you know she had a hand in how this written given her personal reporter has the byline). It’s a sorry attempt to make her look as if she has done her job with a big banner title stating she’s fired 22 people since she took over the jails. It’s pathetic really, might even fool the least critical thinkers among us and lean them in her favor.

Here’s the reality. The editorial lays out the number of released deputies/officers each year. The majority were released in 2010 and 2011. The problem with that is the majority of those cases were likely started prior to the sheriff’s take over. She gets credit for completing them but not initiating them. In 2013 she released 3 people, in 2014 and 2015 she released ZERO people.

Now I’m not gleeful that anyone has to be fired, but let’s be real. If the prior administration stated they let 5, 6, even 7 a year go, and the first year the sheriff takes over, the numbers reflect that. But the final two years have no people released or fired, that kind of means no one has been doing their job for two or three years or there has been a significant improvement for some reason.

So that should lead us to take a look at everything the sheriff HAS been doing:

  • Cutting staffing
  • Cutting supervision
  • Cutting investigative power
  • Cutting the compliance unit
  • Cutting the jail administration division
  • Failing to ensure minimal training
  • Creating an environment that didn’t allow extra training
  • Reducing the role of Jail Training Officers by giving them other priority responsibilities…

The list goes on and on and on. We’ve covered all this and more over the past several years. Does she really believe that putting out a list of firings showing zero effort over the last 3 or so years is a vindicating factor for her?

Another example of the logic the sheriff applies and more proof to us that she needs go.

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