Jail earns high marks

Sheriff Brent Lindgren reported to county commissioners at their Aug. 7 meeting that the county jail got very high marks during a recent biennial inspection.

Lindgren said the jail, inspected in late May and early June, was found to be 100 percent compliant on 105 essential inspection items.

It was also found to be 99.14 percent compliant on mandatory inspection items, resulting in an overall 99.57 compliance rating.

“There were a couple items of concern but, overall, the compliance rating of 99.57 was good,” he said.

Lindgren, sheriff since 2003, called the inspection “microscopic.”

Inspectors found, for example, that the kitchen staff had bought a new thermometer but forgotten to take the old one off the inventory list. And a new carrot peeler was not added to the list when purchased.

Another item noted was that some masonry blocks in the shower areas appeared to be deteriorating because of moisture seeping into the blocks.

But Timothy Thompson from the Department of Corrections,  who wrote the report, commented that “the facility continues to operate at a high level of compliance with the rules. Staff and administration should be complimented on their ability to achieve these compliance levels, as some of the older levels of the facility can be challenging to monitor and operate.”

Thompson recommended there be an evaluation of the feasibility of providing kitchen staff with body alarms because they work closely with inmates and have no “real way to alert staff to potential issues.”

For the full story, see the Thursday, Aug. 16 print edition of the Times.