Santa Clara County sheriff makes first court appearance for corruption accusations

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith made her first court appearance Friday to answer to corruption allegations leveled against her by a civil grand jury that, if they were to be affirmed at trial, would lead to her being expelled from office. Smith did not enter a plea and San Mateo County Judge Nancy Fineman … Read more

More big COVID-19 surges at Bay Area jails, hitting inmates and correctional staff

The Bay Area’s two largest jails are once again seeing massive spikes in COVID-19 cases amid the broader omicron wave, and the increase parallels surges among much of the staff who serve as caretakers for those incarcerated. Santa Clara County, which has the Bay Area’s largest jail population with 2,425 people in custody, has been … Read more