On Sunday, a host of community members came out to the Theo Lacy jail facility in Orange to support judicial restraint of a new policy by Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes to shackle inmates while they are transported to court and while they await court hearings in holding cells. Sheriff Barnes appealed the decision, arguing restraints are safer for inmates being transported to court. An appellate court decision is expected next month.
Supervisors approved an agreement allowing beds in two county jails to be rented out for federal immigration detainees. But Orange officials are still concerned about the effect of more inmates in town on its main shopping center.