BOCC ends jail discussion –for now

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

She said the discussion was hardly a “blindside” since she had long ago requested information from Butler and Hammond, information published last week which Hammond was now disputing.

“This is a business decision,” Bryan said. “I would not want us to take on something that would not save us money.”

She said there was a statutory requirement for jail inspections, though no enforcement of that requirement is in statute. She said an inspection would show where the county jail fell short of Model Jail Standards.

“It does not increase liability,” Bryan said. “We need to strive to meet Model Jail Standards. “You can not inspect your facility.

“When we incarcerate we take over people’s lives. We need to ensure the inmates our safe and our employees have the right to be safe. The (MJS) are aspirational; they are a minimum.”

She said the county needs to operate more fiscally-efficient and examining all phases of the budget is the way to ensure that efficiency. She added that there were cost savings to be had; Yeager disagreed, saying it might cost the county more to send male inmates to Bay County.

“It will cost more,” Hammond contended. “The jail is better today that it has ever run. It is not rational to have this discussion.”

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