2021 Press Releases

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we at the Sheriff's Office take the mental wellbeing of our community members very seriously. Each year, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience a mental health condition.

The Santa Barbara County Water Agency is pleased to announce the 22nd Annual WaterWise High School Video Contest winners. In total, 30 students from five schools throughout the county submitted 14 videos.

In order to focus vaccination efforts on populations of greatest need, the County Public Health Department is adjusting their community vaccination strategy.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that 76,000 California inmates are being considered for earlier release from State Prison. Some of those inmates are in custody for violent crimes and/or are repeat (felony) offenders.

A suspect who fled from detectives on Friday was arrested yesterday for numerous charges including possession of a "ghost gun" and narcotics charges.

The Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce that we will resume in-person visitation on May 10, 2021. In-person visiting schedules have been created for the Main Jail which allow for social distancing between visitors. Schedules can be easily found at SBSheriff.org under the How Do I, Visit an Inmate drop down menus.

Government officials, staff, contractors and community partners broke ground Monday, May 3, 2021, at the future site of the Randall Road Debris Basin.

In commemoration of National Nurses Week, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department honored nurses at the May 4, 2021 Board of Supervisor's meeting with Second District Supervisor Gregg Hart presenting a resolution.

May 2-8, 2021 is National Correctional Officers Week – a time when we honor and thank all of our hard-working custody deputies and those who support them.

The County of Santa Barbara, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Foundation, announce the Emergency Business Assistance Grant Program that consists of two components: microenterprise business assistance and small business assistance grants.