The first Blue Ribbon Commission called to investigate problems at the Santa Clara County Jail met with the public on Saturday.
Protests were heavy in the wake of the death of Michael Tyree who was allegedly beaten to death by three correctional officers.
The Blue Ribbon Commission was formed in response to Tyree’s death. The group consists of former judges and members of the Board of Supervisors. The Commission will be meeting to discuss issues in the current jail system with the public.
One of the speakers, Victorious Alexander, was not happy about the situation.
“It’s sad that as a member of the public, we got to set up this whole commission to take care of members of the public,” Alexander said.
And former judge LaDoris Cordell, who was appointed to lead to commission, has concerns with its purpose moving forward. She also recently found out that the country had hired an independent consultant to assess conditions inside prisons.
“I don’t want to spend time duplicating what’s already been done maybe,” Cordell said. “But I don’t know.”
The retired judge said she will step down if more information is not provided by the country on this consultant by the Commission’s next meeting.
The Blue Ribbon Commission’s next meeting will be on November 21.