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Staffing level at jail raises concerns

December 13, 2013

ESCANABA — Understaffing of corrections officers in the Delta County Jail was the main item of concern discussed Thursday morning during a special meeting of the Delta County Board of Commissioner....

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Shlort

Dec-13-13 12:27 PM

How about this for a fix. Stop locking people up in jail for stupid stuff?

How many county inmates are in there for something that would have gotten a person an arse chewing from a judge and a couple hundred dollar fine 20 years ago? How many are in there for breaking a law that didn't exist 20 years ago?

The more laws we make in this country, the more people get pulled into the non-compliant group. Laws create law breakers.

Jail should be for people who need to be kept away from society for awhile. Jail is not for someone who got caught with a joint or lifted a pack of smokes from a store somewhere. Fines and probation/community service should be the first option. If the person convicted and sentenced to these penalties does not comply, toss them in the jail for a few days so they know what it is like.

Our criminal justice system offers no rehabilitation other than the fear of being locked up again, and most criminal types don't care if they get locked up.

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wereintroublenow

Dec-13-13 4:56 PM

funny how they dont have the money to staff the jail, but all of the commissioners and I will bet all of the department heads are going to get brand new Ipads. Funny how Nora Viau's pay drastically increased, and yet they decimated the maintenance staff and now cant seem to get the sidewalks shoveled when it snows. Commissioners and Administration are greedy without conscience!

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teamrerod

Dec-14-13 11:43 AM

Ouch! I feel sorry for the new undersheriff. He now has to pay for his insurance out of pocket with an insurance allowance from the county (assuming they were paid before), and went from benifit to contribution on his retirement. He must have been pressured to the appointment, and it seems as if he is getting a worse deal with not knowing his salary (assuming it is now a little larger) before this position. I wish the best to him.

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