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Report released on "What Escambia Co jail' needs to operate properly

ESCAMBIA COUNTY  --  The Justice Department handed over a 28-page report to Escambia County officials on what they need to do to fix the problems at the county jail.

Here are some of the highlights from the proposal.
They want 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 existing vacancies and adding 100 new staff members over four years.
   
Commissioner Grover 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 and says the county just needs time to make necessary changes.

"We just started taking over the jail October 1st. So we haven't had time to implement"
"It's hard to estimate cost right now because this is not a final decision"   

The county took over the jail in October after Sheriff David Morgan said he needed 15-million dollars to fix these problems.
   
Commissioners say they will talk about the plan and the potential costs at their January 2nd meeting.