IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
October 13, 2011
JERRY VALDIVIA, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
EDMUND G. BROWN, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gregory G. Hollows United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiffs' motions to compel inspections of hearing locations for
parole revocation proceedings with respect to Placer and Sacramento
County jails came on for hearing on October 13, 2011.*fn1
Kenneth Walczak appeared on behalf of plaintiffs. Valerie
Flood represented third party Placer County. Renju Jacob appeared for
defendants. Specifically at issue was whether the non-parties counties
should be compelled to permit plaintiffs' experts to conduct informal
interviews with staff at the county jails in the Counties of Placer
Sacramento while plaintiffs engage in on-site operations inspections
and video recordings of the hearing locations in these counties for
parole revocation hearings of class members. At the hearing, counsel
for Placer County stated that a CDCR state representative would be
present for the inspections.
For the reasons set forth on the record at the hearing, the court makes the following ORDERS:
1. Plaintiffs' motion to compel non-party Sacramento County to permit informal interviews with Sacramento County jail staff at any site in the county where parole revocation hearing location inspections are to be conducted by plaintiffs, filed on October 5, 2011 (docket # 1698), is denied; and
2. Plaintiffs' motion to compel non-party Placer County to permit informal interviews with Placer County jail staff at any site in the county where plaintiffs' inspections of parole hearing locations are to be conducted, filed on October 7, 2011 (docket # 1700), is denied.
3. Plaintiffs' experts are free to engage in informal discussions with the CDCR state representative present during the inspections.