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Grand Jury addresses travel assistance for indigent detainees

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EUREKA- The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office was slammed Wednesday with a Grand Jury report detailing their refusal to transport out of area detainees back to the location of their arrest.

PC 685.5 in California law requires law enforcement to return those arrested more than 25 miles away and released without trial to be transported back to the exact location they were arrested. The Grand Jury found that the sheriff's office refuses to inform those who qualify for the travel assistance and has no policy in place to transport those detainees.

In response to the report, Sheriff Mike Downey said the office does issue bus tickets to detainees. But that can be problematic for areas like Shelter Cove or Alderpoint. He said the department is finalizing a new transportation plan and will put it into practice within the next thirty days.