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Escambia County Jail investigation
The Department of Justice handed over a 28-page report, detailing what the county needs to do in order to meet federal standards. In the report, the Department of Justice lists problems they see with the jail, along with solutions.
DOJ is asking the county to better track and report prisoner violence, adopt stricter procedures to inspect jail cells, and stop segregating prisoners based on race.
They also want the county to fix staffing issues, by filling exisiting vacancies and adding 100 new staff members in a span of four years.
"We've just taken over we would at least like time to be able to implement," said County Commissioner Grover Robinson.
Commissioner Robinson says they have hired personnel to fill vacancies, but those people are currently being trained.
He agrees with most of the DOJ's requests. He says they just need time to make necessary changes.
"We just started taking over the jail October first. So we haven't had time to implement," said Robinson.
One thing Robinson agrees with is improving the mental health care of prisoners.
The DOJ requests a qualified mental health professional should be available immediately to perform a mental health assessment following any suicide attempts or any aggression resulting in injury.
As far as how much these changes will cost taxpayers, Robinson says it's too soon to tell.
"It's hard to estimate cost right now because this is not a final decision," he said.
The county is currently going over the proposal. Commissioners will discuss this in their meeting on January 2.