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Santa Clara County jail allows Bay Area's first inmate advisory council

Published Friday July 29

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MILPITAS — Members are elected to represent specific districts. A chairman rules meetings with an iron hand. And deviating from the agenda is a no-no.

But not like the city council or other government body, each representative in these particular meetings is shackled in ankle and waist chains, and bound to a chair set far apart from the and with only one hand free to write.

Welcome to the whole new Inmate Advisory Board at Elmwood jail in Milpitas.

This is an important step, Katz said.

The way we get true change is putting it on a platform everybody knows about, commented Hall, who is charged with possession of a stolen credit card and drug crimes.

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