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State Legislature passes bill inspired by Dublin jail inmate who died after late-night release

Original post made on Oct 3, 2019

The California Legislature has approved a bill authored by State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) that's designed to end what she says is the dangerous practice of county jails releasing people in the middle of the night.

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Posted by sanity
a resident of Amador Estates
on Oct 3, 2019 at 9:21 am

While I don't like the idea of releasing them in the middle of the night, I fail to see the connection to someone who OD'd on drugs after her release.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 3, 2019 at 9:54 am

....ugh so how does this relate to her cause of death?

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Posted by dknute
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Oct 3, 2019 at 1:38 pm

dknute is a registered user.

I fail to see how the time of release is connected to an opioid death. And othe than being just a stupid idea, I wonder why any sane person would even consider midnight, a good time to realease anyone from jail. And why would the legislature waste time writing, debating, and voting on such a law?

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Posted by Urmomz
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 3, 2019 at 2:47 pm

Dknute -

It’s a lose lose. If the jail releases her at the first opportunity, people complain they shouldn’t be releasing people at midnight. If the jail waits to release people until 6 or 8 am or whatever, they get sued for violating people’s rights by holding people longer than they need to. What are they supposed to do??

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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 3, 2019 at 9:21 pm

What they're supposed to do is... Provide a non-restrictive safe waiting area for people who do not feel like leaving at the allowed time... Which is the point of the bill here...

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 3, 2019 at 10:55 pm

..yeah, because that would have prevented this death

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Posted by sjd
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 3, 2019 at 11:04 pm

Yes, because being released with no transportation and who knows clothing wise what will definitely help put you in the state of mind to become a new productive member of society, and not at all have any influence on your decisions.

Was it still a choice in the end to relapse? Sure. Did releasing at night have at least some influence in that decision? In my view, probably.

It's like blue calming lights at Japanese rail stations decreasing suicide attempts. Influencing forces matter even if they don't make the decision for you.

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