Badges? We got no badges. We don't need no stinking badges...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

County's Office of Independent Review Gets Into Probation Business

It seems the Gang of Five doesn't like to be kept in the dark. When they wanted to look at the tape of the riot that occurred at Juvenile Hall a couple of months ago, they were told by the Department that it was forbidden. Campbell, seems to believe that bringing the OIR in will create the kind of attorney-client privilege needed to be able to view the tape. There really shouldn't be any concern about viewing the tape. The cameras in the Hall are 20th century technology and the tapes are so grainy you couldn't identify Santa Claus if you wanted to. Still, it will be interesting to see if this does what they want it to. It is doubtful that this will suffice and the Gang of Five will probably remain out in the cold. If, by chance they are successful, it will only take one lawsuit by the PLO to stop it.

What should be of real concern is the OIR's involvement in probation affairs. The department, historically, does not like anyone telling them how to handle their affairs... even internal affairs.