Inmate forgotten in locked room

February 26, 2010 4:41:51 PM PST
The Solano County Sheriff's Office is retraining its court employees after a bailiff left a handcuffed inmate alone in an interview room for more than 10 hours two weeks ago.

Calvin Jones, 57, of Vallejo, was taken into custody in Department 24 of Solano County Superior Court in Vallejo shortly after 9 a.m. on Feb. 11 for a probation violation, Lt. Gary Faulkner said.

The bailiff handcuffed Jones and placed him in a secure attorney-client interview room instead of a detention room, in violation of protocol, Faulkner said.

The bailiff then apparently forgot about Jones and went home at the end of the day.

An employee discovered Jones at about 7:30 p.m. when he heard noises coming from the interview room, Faulkner said.

The employee called the sheriff's office, and deputies let Jones use the bathroom and bought food and beverages for him, Faulkner said. Jones was medically cleared at NorthBay Medical Center and taken to the county jail.

"Fortunately for us, he was okay," Faulkner said.

Court personnel are checking all rooms near the courtrooms each day and they will review the court's policies and procedures, Faulkner said.

The incident is under administrative review to prevent similar occurrences in the future, Faulkner said.

The bailiff has been with the sheriff's office for several years, Faulkner said. It is up to Sheriff Gary R. Stanton and executive management whether the bailiff will face disciplinary action, Faulkner said.