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Department Of Justice, San Luis Obispo County Reach Agreement Over Disability Access At County Jail

Settlement calls for changes to make Jail fully ADA compliant

The Justice Department has reached a settlement with San Luis Obispo County over accessibility issues for inmates with disabilities at the County Jail.

DOJ officials say their investigation showed that inmates with mobility issues didn’t have legally required equal access to all of the jail’s services and activities.

The DOJ says county officials fully cooperated with the investigation, agreed there are problems, and indicated they will address them.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that it’s already made some of the changes called for in the agreement, and is in the process of making others. Sheriff Ian Parkinson says the county is committed to be in full compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.