Com­mis­sion­ers re­ceive an up­date on de­ten­tion cen­ter con­struc­tion

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Front Page - By KRIS­TIAN JAIME Kjaime@ches­pub.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — War­den LaMonte Cooke pro­vided an up­date for County Com­mis­sion­ers at the Tues­day, Sept. 11 meet­ing and in­cluded con­struc­tion re­ports and jail statis­tics.

Along with the lat­est on the Cap­i­tal Im­prove­ment Project, Cooke also ex­plained the lat­est statis­tics for the county, in­for­ma­tion on a pre­trial re­lease pro­gram, con­struc­tion on the roof of the fa­cil­ity, and an up­grade to the closed-cir­cuit se­cu­rity sys­tem used for visi­ta­tion.

“On Sept. 20, we have a hear­ing at the state Depart­ment of Bud­get and Man­age­ment,” said Cooke. “They will be go­ing over all our re­quest for ex­pan­sion and the build­ing of new fa­cil­i­ties at the lo­cal level. On Oct. 1, there will be a visit to the fa­cil­ity by mem­bers of the Cap­i­tal Con­struc­tion Project from the state.”

Cooke said he feels the state is sat­is­fied with the progress made the de­ten­tion cen­ter in its timely re­quests and pace of the project.

Cooke then turned his at­ten­tion to the June 2018 re­port pro­vided by the state on the cur­rent statis­tics of county de­ten­tion cen­ter.

The av­er­age daily pop­u­la­tion of in­mates, both male and fe­male, to­tals 114. Of those, 15 are not in con­fine­ment, 44 have been await­ing trial for less than 90 days and 11 for over 90 days. By gender, there have been 70 males and 20 fe­males.

“One of things that stand out is that the fe­male pop­u­la­tion is still high, but that’s just the way it comes with the sit­u­a­tions that we have. We’re still man­ag­ing that and it’s a unique pop­u­la­tion to have,” said Cooke.

In­cluded in the of­fi­cial re­port was the po­ten­tial ad­di­tion of a pro­gram case man­ager.

The job de­scrip­tion in­cludes one who “is re­spon­si­ble for su­per­vis­ing mis­de­meanor and felony de­fen­dants who are granted pre­trial re­lease by the courts, which re­quires the de­fen­dant to com­ply with court-or­dered con­di­tions, such as drug treat­ment, psy­cho­log­i­cal coun­sel­ing, med­i­cal and/or men­tal health treat­ment, civil court or­ders, or var­i­ous lev­els of re­port­ing.”

The state-man­dated qual­i­fi­ca­tions for the ap­pli­cant ul­ti­mately named in­cludes grad­u­a­tion from an ac­cred­ited four-year col­lege or univer­sity with course work in crim­i­nal jus­tice, corrections, or so­cial sciences. Also pre­ferred is a can­di­date with con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence in crim­i­nal jus­tice.

Also dis­cussed was pre­trial super vised re­lease con­di­tions for charges rang­ing from mis­de­meanors to felonies.

The five-tier sys­tem in­cludes Level I that man­dates phone check in one to seven days a week with ad­di­tional con­di­tions stip­u­lated in a re­lease con­tract. Level II in­cludes tele­phone check-in once per week and urine test once a month on a ran­dom ba­sis, spe­cial con­di­tions by a case man­ager and ad­di­tional con­di­tions by re­lease con­tract.

Level III in­cludes an in­per­son meet­ing with a case man­ager once a week and a urine test, and spe­cial con­di­tions by a case man­ager or court. Level IV in­cludes two in-per­son meet­ings with the case man­ager per week, and one manda­tory urine test per month on a ran­dom ba­sis. Finally it in­cludes spe­cial con­di­tions as or­dered by the court or re­quired by the case man­ager.

Level V in­cludes house ar­rest, in­clud­ing cur­few and re­stric­tions on move­ment, one in-per­son meet­ing with the case man­ager per week, two manda­tory urine tests per month on a ran­dom ba­sis, spe­cial con­di­tions as re­quired by the court or re­quired by the case man­ager, and gen­eral con­di­tions as stip­u­lated in the re­lease con­tract.

Cooke con­cluded by not­ing that on­line visi­ta­tion would be con­sid­ered to al­le­vi­ate the back-up of fam­i­lies vis­it­ing their loved ones on the week­end. Cur­rently, the de­ten­tion cen­ter only has three screens in the lobby for re­mote visi­ta­tion.

PHOTO BY KRIS­TIAN JAIME

War­den LaMonte Cooke of the Queen Anne’s County De­ten­tion Cen­ter ex­plains the cur­rent de­mo­graph­ics among the in­mate pop­u­la­tion.

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