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When inmates can’t get into hot water

Posted: August 3, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: August 3, 2011 1:30 a.m.
 

At least five men booked into holding cells at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station were transferred to the Crescenta Valley station Tuesday when a water heater broke down.

“We’re moving them to the other side of the mountain,” said Sgt. Michael Wright at the station’s lockup section. Crescenta Valley is about 30 miles east of Santa Clarita on Interstate 210.

“With no boiler, there’s no hot water,” Wright said. “And there are rules about making sure inmates have access to hot water for showers.”

Rules regarding inmates’ right to maintain health and hygiene are spelled out in the California Code of Regulations.

“We’ve transferred about five people to Crescenta,” Wright said, “and we’re hoping to get the problem fixed by Thursday.”

Plumbing at the station is not state of the art.

The station on Magic Mountain Parkway at Valencia Boulevard opened its doors on May 8. 1972.

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