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Cypress and Los Alamitos formally express support of Sheriff Barnes in challenge to court order to release half of OC Jail inmates

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Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes is challenging a recent court order to cut in half the inmate population in Orange County Jails. He asked for support from cities and civic groups.

In a special meeting called for the purpose, the Cypress City Council considered a proposal to join an amicus curiae brief organized by the City of Newport Beach in support of the Sheriff’s challenge. After due consideration, including public comment and discussion among Council members, the Council voted unanimously to join with Newport Beach and other cities in supporting Sheriff Barnes.

In a separate special meeting called by the Los Alamitos City Council, the proposal was a resolution rather than joining the amicus brief. The stated reason for a resolution instead of joining the amicus brief was to save the cost (shared among all parties to the brief). After listening to public comment, to comments from the City Manager, the Chief of Police, and the City Attorney, and after discussion among themselves, the Los Alamitos City Council unanimously approved a resolution in support of Sheriff Barnes.

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