|Published: 8:47 AM, 03/25/2013
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-The problems cover the
jail from front to back and top to bottom. Bob Bass of the Tennessee
Correctional Institute presented a Power Point presentation to
members of the Monroe County Justice Center Committee Thursday, and
it wasn't a pretty sight.
Exposed wires were all over the jail,
the window to deal with the public was too small, there's no
parking, the kitchen is too small, not enough storage, narrow
hallways, only six visitation booths and on the day Bass toured the
jail, there were 28 female inmates with only 12 beds, leaving many
with no choice but to sleep on the floor.
"We can't force you to build a new
jail," Bass said. "That's not what we do. A federal judge would
be the one to force you to do that. But this jail is dangerously
close to being decertified. Can you operate a decertified jail? You
can, but it's a very bad idea. You open yourself up to lawsuits and
it's very hard to get insurance for a decertified jail."
See full story in the Sunday, March 24, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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