Leader of Sheriff’s Department rehabilitation efforts to retire

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Chief Deputy Milo Fitch, who led the Sacramento County Sheriff Department’s rehabilitation efforts, will retire next month.

Since California made counties responsible for more offenders in 2011, the result of federal prison reduction orders, the Sheriff’s Department has received criticism for not spending enough time or money on helping offenders break the cycle of crime. Fitch has consistently been an outspoken advocate of the need for giving inmates skills they need when leaving jail.

Fitch said he will leave the department on good terms Aug. 7. He is interested in becoming a consultant for the United Nations, which is looking for experts in corrections. He said he has also had discussions with Sacramento State officials about teaching criminal justice classes.

Fitch started as an on-call deputy almost 33 years ago and became full time two years later. He recently was promoted to chief deputy, and is responsible for the department’s two jails and other correctional operations.

He said he’s most proud of the rehabilitative training brought to the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, such as vocational education, high-school equivalency classes and drug treatment.

Call The Bee’s Brad Branan, (916) 321-1065. Follow him on Twitter @BradB_at_SacBee.

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