On Oct. 28, detentions employees and supporters rallied against San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore’s proposal to privatize the medical and mental health services at County detention facilities.
“The research has shown that when contractors take over the care dwindles,” said Jennifer Alonso, a detentions clinical social worker at Central Jail. “It’s a for-profit entity, so their top priority is profit and not care.”
If the Sheriff is successful in his push to outsource more than 300 front-line healthcare workers in the jails, we know that other positions and services will be next on the County’s chopping block.
In August, the Board of Supervisors meeting made it clear that contracting out is a real threat to our jobs, despite risks to patient care, the communities we live in and accountability, as examples from similar counties show.
Workers at Central Jail, Las Colinas, George Bailey and Vista Detention Facility rallied to protect public health on Oct. 28. Join us in saying no to contracting out by signing our petition now.