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San Diego County jails will have new oversight from department veteran

The George Bailey Detention Facility in Otay Mesa is shown on July 21, 2015.
Megan Wood
The George Bailey Detention Facility in Otay Mesa is shown on July 21, 2015.

San Diego County's jails will soon have a new leader.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is promoting Cmdr. Theresa Adams-Hydar to lead its Detention Services Bureau beginning later this month.

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This news comes just days after the California State Auditor published an investigation criticizing the conditions and management of the county's jails. The report was published on the same day as former Sheriff Bill Gore's retirement. Adams-Hydar will replace Assistant Sheriff Erika Frierson, who is also retiring.

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Over the last 15 years, 185 people have died in custody in San Diego County. The number is among the highest of the California jail system. According to state investigators, 52 of those deaths were suicides, more than twice the number in other large counties in the state.

Adams-Hydar joined Midday Edition on Thursday with more on what needs to be changed within San Diego's jails.

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