BOCC ends jail discussion –for now

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 09:18 AM.

Hammond also noted that the board policy, adopted several years ago, was to not bring the jail up to Florida Model Jail Standards due to the costs, over $1.3 million.

That decision came after a review of the jail by a contractor hired by the BOCC.

He said Bryan’s suggestion at the last meeting to have the jail inspected was in direct conflict with board policy, which he had reiterated twice during the last meeting in saying he would refuse a commissioner and inspector access to the jail without a board vote.

“I totally agree … you should not adopt the policies (of Model Jail Standards),” Hammond said.

He said the board should vote not to outsource the jail operations to address concerns by the 15 full-time employees.

Hammond said the discussion was personal and an effort to have him fired.

Bryan said there was nothing personal, she was doing what Yeager had asked of commissioners – think outside the box.

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