Commissioners receive an update on detention center construction
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.
Warden LaMonte Cooke of the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center explains the current demographics among the inmate population.