[UPDATE 6:17 p.m.] Correctional Officer Attacked by Inmate; Sent to Hospital
An inmate at the Humboldt County jail assaulted a Correctional Officer this morning. A spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office confirmed there was an assault early this morning. The officer was taken to the hospital for his injuries.
Last August, Sheriff Billy Honsal blamed jail violence on increasingly violent inmates who previously would have been placed in state prisons but are now incarcerated at the county level.Assaults on correctional officers have skyrocketed in the County since Assembly Bill 109, the Prison Realignment Plan, was put in action in October of 2011, Honsal said. The bill had those convicted of certain types of crimes that formerly would have led to terms in state prison serve their terms in county jails instead.In 2012 there were five assaults on correctional officers in the Humboldt County Jail, he explained. In 2015, there were 36. By August of 2017 there had been 22 assaults. Honsal said. Inmate on inmate assaults have also gone up, he explained.
Honsal said he believes that the state of California bears some responsibility for the increasing violence.
He suggested that the government re-establish mental health facilities all over the state. “When your jail is the biggest mental health treatment facility in the County, that’s a problem,” Honsal said. “So let’s try and help [the mentally ill] before they start doing criminal offenses….[The jail] is not a therapeutic environment.”
We’ve requested more information about the incident today and will update when we know more.
UPDATE 6:17 p.m.:
This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 04-01-18, at approximately 7:30 am, correctional deputies were working in the maximum security unit in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility when 31 year old Kristopher Jett exited his cell for his allotted time out in the dayroom. Upon opening his door, Jett attacked one of the correctional deputies by hitting him in the face several times. The correctional deputies were able to restrain Jett and place him back into his cell.
The correctional deputy was transported to St Joseph’s Hospital for evaluation and treatment and has since been released.
Jett was originally in custody on a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation parole hold. Jett has been booked for Battery on a Custodial Officer and his bail has been set at $25,000.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.