Ventura County Jails see increase in violence — Evidenced by conviction of inmate for attempted murder

seek arial, treatment sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>On February 6, 2015, 30 year old Anthony Baty was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility, by Ventura Police Department for assault with a deadly weapon charge.

On February 17, 2015 at 8:30am, an inmate assault occurred at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura, California. During the assault, inmate Anthony Baty attacked another inmate with a fabricated cutting instrument causing a large laceration to the neck and facial area of the victim. The victim was transported to an area hospital with life threatening injuries.

Sheriff’s Major Crimes and the Pre-Trial Detention Facility Classification Unit investigated the assault. Based on the facts surrounding the incident, Baty was arrested and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office filed attempted murder charges against Baty.

On March 22, 2016, Baty’s court proceedings were completed, when he was sentenced to 36 years to life in prison for the crimes he committed while in custody at Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility along with his initial charge filed by Ventura Police Department.

Due to recent legislation changes at the state level and prison realignment, the Ventura County Jails are experiencing a large increase in the amount of violence and the number of crimes that occur in the jails. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office works diligently to ensure the safety and security of the jails and the safety of inmates. In incidents where crimes do occur in the county jails, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office will exhaust all resources to hold those responsible for victimizing other inmates accountable.

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One Response to Ventura County Jails see increase in violence — Evidenced by conviction of inmate for attempted murder

  1. Eileen Tracy March 29, 2016 at 8:09 am

    AB109 effective October 1, 2011 mandates that individuals sentenced to non‐serious, non‐violent or non‐sex (non non non’s) offenses will serve their sentences in county jails instead of state prison. Prior convictions might be non non non’s but are ignored. This places serious offenders in the local jail and is considered, by many, to be a serious flaw in the Assembly Bill. I think Sheriff Dean is dealing with these inmates as best as he can. The onus belongs on the Assembly to consider all convictions, when applying AB109. I am not a lawyer. But this is my understanding.

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