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Use of Napa County Hall of Justice, jail restricted due to earthquake damage

The Office of the State Fire Marshal restricted use of the Napa County Hall of Justice and Jail Annex after a safety inspection Tuesday morning found that the exterior and interior walls of the building had sustained minor damage in Sunday’s earthquake, county officials reported.

The building is at 1125 Third St. in Napa. Restricted use, commonly referred to as “yellow-tagged,” is for buildings that have been damaged, but the extent of damage does not preclude the building from being occupied, according to a county news release. The facility includes the Hall of Justice, constructed in 1974, and the Jail Annex, built in 1989.

The area has experienced numerous aftershocks since Sunday’s 6.0 earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.9 aftershock early Tuesday morning about seven miles south of Napa.

“The department continues to provide services that meet required standards for jail operations,” Lenard Vare, director of corrections, said in a written statement. “Inmates are receiving meals, access to showers, and medical and mental health services. The telephone system is in service and inmates are able to reach their loved ones. The safety of staff and inmates is the department’s top priority.”

County officials said use of the building is restricted to inmates and the staff necessary to maintain jail operations. The jail facility remains open for bookings, but the public use video terminal for video visitation is closed until further notice. Family and friends of inmates can access the county government website, http://countyofnapa.org/Corrections/, for information on setting up video visitation from a home computer.

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