San Fran­cisco to set­tle suit over jail con­di­tions

Antelope Valley Press - - News -

SAN FRAN­CISCO (AP) — City of­fi­cials in San Fran­cisco have agreed to set­tle a law­suit with more than 200 in­mates who were swamped with sewage for months in the county jail.

One of the at­tor­neys in the case, Stan­ley Goff, con­firmed the agree­ment with­out dis­clos­ing the amount,

The San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle re­ported Tues­day. The Board of Su­per­vi­sors must still ap­prove the set­tle­ment, of­fi­cials said. The city at­tor­ney’s of­fice did not re­turn phone calls and messages seek­ing com­ment.

County Jail No. 4 near the San Fran­cisco-Oak­land Bay Bridge holds 371 in­mates and sits on the sev­enth floor of the Hall of Jus­tice, of­fi­cials said. The city also op­er­ates three other jails.

Faulty plumb­ing burst on the build­ing’s third floor in late 2016 and haz­mat crews evac­u­ated some of­fices to in­stall a trap de­vice fur­ther back­ing up sewage, of­fi­cials said. The sewage be­gan to spill out of toi­lets and pipes in the jail at the be­gin­ning of 2017, of­fi­cials said.

In­mates were held in such con­di­tions be­tween Jan­uary 2017 and Septem­ber 2018, of­fi­cials said.

Jail su­per­vi­sors have yet to de­ter­mine a so­lu­tion for the jail and its con­di­tions, of­fi­cials said.

Su­per­vi­sors in 2015 looked into spend­ing $215 mil­lion to build a re­place­ment jail, but the plan was re­jected, of­fi­cials said.

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