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Sheriff Morgan asks county for budget increase
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- Escambia County sheriff David Morgan is asking the county to agree on a $2.6 million budget increase.
The additional money will be used to hire more staff, as recommended by the Department Of Justice.
Former Inmate Damon Hayes said, "They’re not doing what they’re supposed to be doing in there. Somebody needs to do something about it."
Damon Hayes was an inmate at the jail a few years ago. He believes changes are needed.
Back in the May-- the Department of Justice released a scathing report saying the jail was unsafe and violent.
"Just the cleanliness and the way you were treated.... ridiculous amount of food you got to eat," said Hayes.
Last month the Commission turned down a proposed budget increase for more staff--- with the county ultimately deciding to take over the jail. In the letter addressed to commissioners, Morgan states that the transfer of the jail will be challenging and wants to enter an agreement to manage the jail until October 2014. For some taxpayers though-- the back and forth battle has been frustrating.
Escambia County Resident Freddie Claton said, "If the county's not gonna give the sheriff.... run it themselves."
Sheriff Morgan also mentions in the letter that if the county must take over-- more time is needed to have a smooth transition. The county has yet to respond to the offer.