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 - Friday, July 17,1970 the to that two with to in...
Friday, July 17,1970 the to that two with to in to shut 5 Changes Necessary To Keep Jail Operating to public it R. 3, near Haberlein Replies To Criticism Sheriff Paul C. Haberlein den- ied a state inspector's charge of lax security at the new facili- ty and said yesterday: "As long as I am sheriff, I will utilize personnel of the office to the benefit of the people and tax- payers unless, otherwise by law, I am forced to keep 10 men on duty in the jail, at a cost of ap proximately $50,000 a year, to watch 10.or .12 prisoners." He further charged that ii the jail inspector had responded to a summons made prior to the opening of the jail instead oi waiting a year and four months to make his visit, certain other recommendations which have been concurred in "by the Boarc of Commissioners, would have been completed. Others have been corrected, he added. The charge of lack of security and a threat the newest jail in Maryland would be closed in six months was made by Joseph D Egeberg, state jail programmer and inspector, who made a visit here May 27 at 7 p.m. He gave county officials a month to re- ply to his allegations concerning the 18-month-old jail which cost more than $700,000. The recom- mendations he made are "man- datory," the inspector said. Sheriff Haberlein said the jail is properly manned and secured with personnel. Recommenda- tions made prior to opening the jail were discussed with the commissioners and County En gineer Albert S. Paye and con- curred with as the jail was ready to be opened. Some rec- ommendations filled and on have been ful- his suggestion, Sheriff Haberlein said, the jail was fully inspected and gone over by the contractor prior to its opening. Didn't Come Back Mr. Egeberg had visited here prior to the jail's opening and asked that he be called a week prior to its being occupied so ;hat a full inspection could be m a d e and recommendations listed, the sheriff said. "Three times I called the De- partment of Correction for Mr. Sgeberg prior to opening of the iail. When he finally showed up May 27, it was a year and four months after' I had called. If there are any recommendations which have not been fulfilled, it is only because Mr. Egeberg failed to make a final inspec- tion," Sheriff Haberlein said, adding that the county commis- sioners have concurred in «ny recommendations and expressed willingness to have them under- taken. Mr. Haberlein and '.deputy sheriffs had recommended, that a screen be placed around the stairwell leading to the., cell- )lock for security reasons and jrotection of' prisoners; that 'ire extinguishers be placed on the walls, and gratings be re- placed with steel instead of cast ton on ventilators because the ron was easily broken. These were approved by the commissioners and also had jeen pointed out to past grand juries. Only the failure of the state inspector to make a final check of the jail has delayed putting in minor corrections, he sheriff repeated. Procedures Listed Sheriff Haberlein said hourly (Continued on Page 17) Weather FORECASTS Maryland -- Mostly sunny and ess humid. High in the 80s. Partly cloudy tomorrow. West Virginia -- Mostly sunny and pleasant. High in the 80s. Partly cloudy tomorrow. Pennsylvania -- Sunny and warmer. High in the low 80s. of F. just RD a Partly cloudy and mild tomor- row. CETY TEMPERATURES 1 p.m. 84 2 p.m. 81 3 p.m. 80 4 p.m. 79 5 p.m. 79 6 p.m. 78 7 p.m. 78 8 p.m. 76 9 p.m. 75 10 p.m. 72 11 p.m. 70 Midnight 69 Inspector Recommends 6 Other Improvements The nine-page report on the recent inspection of Allegany County Jail by Joseph D. Egeberg Jr., jail programming and inspection officer, features five mandatory recommendations which must be met for the jail to meet state minimal standards of jail tion. Mr. Egeberg's report also includes six other recom- mendations which he believes essential for the efficient operation of the .$700,000 jail, the newest in Maryland. In his report, Mr. Egeberg states that county ities will be allowed 180 days to comply with the mandatory recommendations. If these recommendations are not followed,' the inspector promises to 'close County Jail in 180 days. In order to give the county authorities opportunity to investigate and find out the problems, the 180 ultimatum will not start until August 15, after will make a subsequent inspection. ··,-·'··· "Overall, the inspecting officer -was very disappointed with the'operation of the Allegany County.Jail,' and can only predict, that unless the officials of Allegany County take steps in correcting the problem, that new building .will be nothing more than ah old a very short period of time," the inspector stated. The minimal jail standards, to which Mr.. Egeberg ferred in his report were adopted by the Maryland partment of Correction in 1967. Senate Bill 570, which became effective June 1, created the office of Jail Programming and Inspection .Officer. It reasserted the section of the previous law charging the Department of Correction with promulgat- ing rules and regulations covering minimum standards for jails and other places of confinement. The complete text of Mr. Egeberg's report oh inspection of the Allegany County Jail follows: Report Of Inspection The Allegany County Jail is a new building having been put in service in February · of 1969. The Allegany County Jail has a bed. capacity for 73 inmates. The distribution · is "follows: -- There are eight bedt in the maximum security area, four bunk beds -in two cells. There is a dormitory for juveniles that has a capacity of 26, U on the right side of the dormitory and. 12' on the left.. There is sufficient capacity for eight adult females and two female juveniles. The main dormitory has a capacity of 17 individuals and the other dormitory for adult males, that has a capacity of. 12. At the time of inspection, there were 19 inmates confined in the Allegany County JaU, there were seven sentenced, and 12 awaiting trail. There were four inmates in the maxi- mum security area, three of whom had recently escaped from the institu- tion. The sentenced inmates are'not utiliz- ed in any type of program. They normally spend their time in the cells or dormitory areas, and serve their- sentence in such a manner. Most of tha sentenced .inmates have sen- tences from. 30 to 90 days. The only program at the . institution is a volun- tary religious program where clergy- men of various denominations from the community come in and. give ser- vices on Sunday. . The Sheriff's Department has 14 deputies who are on Civil Servce deputies who are on Civil Service Status, the officers start at 54,300 and go to a maximum of five years of S5,100. There is a second classifica- tion in which officers start at S5.100 and go to $6,538. At the present time, there are three officers in the class II classification and 11 officers in clas* I. ' The deputies in addition to ad- ministering the jail service are respon- sible for law enforcement in the Coun- ty, as well as delivering civil services and circuit court work. Unfortunately, there is no constant 24 hour supervision in the jail part of the building proper: There is a deputy sheriff on duty on a 24-hour basis, hut he is in the Sheriff's section. The .Sheriffs- Department has a budget allocation of SI.50 per day for feeding the in- mates. The purchasing is done by .a cook who is an employee, of the Sheriff's Department. Food is purchased from local merchants and wholesale houses. On the day of inspection, the menu was: for breakfast,, a .dry cereal and coffee; for lunch, Pork., Sauerkraut, Mashed Potatoes and the evening meal consisted of two lunch meat sandwiches and coffee. The regular cook has been off sick and there is a substitute on duty for her, and as such, the menus were being arranged on a daily basis. The regular inspection of the Allegany Countv Jail was made on May 27, 1970. The Inspecting Officer arrived at the jail at approximately 7 P.m. Upon arrival there was a Deputy Sheriff on duty at the reception area of the Sheriff's Department. I identified myself and explained that I would like to make in inspection of the jail facility. The deputy stated that there was nobody in the jail at the present time. 1 was somewhat amazed and retorted, "You mean you haven't any prisoners?", and he said no, we have 19 prisoners but there is nobody assigned to the jail at this time. I explained to him that the inspection should be made at this time; and that certainly there should be somebody on duty in the jail. The Deputy made several phone calls and finally .con- tacted another Deputy who came.into the jail to assist in the inspection. It was approximately 30 minutes before the Deputy arrived at the jail. .The Deputy that did arrive was very cooperative and we made a complete tour of the jail facility. I was amazed to find that supervisor in the jail area was non-existent, also that recom- mendations that were made on the last inspection had not been carried out. Throughout the i n s t i t u t i o n , overhead light bulbs were burned out, making the lighting in most areas inadequate. In the juvenile area, the tables and the walls were covered with writing, and the overhead -lights, the protective glass was broken. At the time of inspection, there were no juveniles i n c a r c e r a t e d . However, the condition of the area indicated that supervision, while they are incarcerated, is non-existent. More especially in the case of the younger offender, supervision is needed much to Michael Boating Clinic Scheduled For Rescue Unit Members A clinic which will feature Red Cross outboard motor and basic boating courses will be held for all members of rescue and recovery units or prospec- tive members August 1 and 2 at Magnolia on the Potomac River, located bctwjeen Little Orleans and Paw Paw. Lawrence S. Brehm, certified Red Cross water safety and small craft instructor will con- duct the training sessions. Sat- urday, August 1, classes will' be- gin at noon and will feature use of grabbling hooks, oars, and recovery of victims. Mr. Brehm said that the pur- pose of the clinic is to organize and coordinate units for rescue work. It is hoped that units will be formed by the various fire companies to spot rescue squads all along the Potomac River to include South Cumberland Res- cue and Recovery Unit, crews from Cresaptown, B o w l i n g Green, Ridgeley, Wiley Ford, Paw Paw, Oldtown and Wiley Ford and others. Those attending the week end courses are asked to bring their oivn equipment, · boats and res- cue gear. The group will meet at the Oldtown. Fire Hall to go to the site at Magnolia. ·Persons haying rescue team applications must return them to the Red Cross office. Other members' of rescue or recovery teams' interested must $*«cur.e application and register with the Red Cross office. The telephone number is 722-1760. The office is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed from noon until 1 p.m. daily. Rain dates for the clinic are August 8 and 9, Mr. Brehm snid. more. They have a great, deal ot energy that should be either diverted into .some type of programming or 1 at least given some 'outlet · such exercise or other diversions within the institution, and in order to do this, certainly supervision is necessary. On rfurther inspection,. it was found that the dormitory which contained 15-of the 19 inmates had-been equipped originally with a push-button control door. This would, allow an officer to safely. remove one individual from the dayroom area . into a safety vestibule and into the corridor so that that there would only be a'one-to one relationship upon the removal or placing prisoners into the area. Amaz- ingly enough, the door has been equip- ped with electric controls, but- the controls have never been hooked up, and as such, the Deputies have been required to open the door - with a key and in doing so,' face all the inmates in the cell areas at one time. Being concerned about this si- tuation,, I immediately contacted the Southern Steel Company - i n Austin, Texas because I couldn't visualize that they would allow such an arrangement. The officials of Southern :· Steel sent to me a copy of the proposed arrange- ment of the cell door controls for Allegany County, a copy of which ii attached herewith, and it was out that the responsibility of hooking tht electric controls uj was that of the contractor and apparently this was never done. Approximately three weeks before this inspection, there was an escape of three inmates from this particular cell area, and the escape was effected apparently by a. deputy bringing food into the dayroom area and circumventing the feeding slots provided for feeding, took the bulk food, inside the dayroom and apparently told the inmates to help themselves. While he was doing this, several .of the inmates -concealed- themselvet in the dormitory next to this one by going out to the safety vestibule and Subsequent to that, another when he opened · the. main _._ door, was accosted by the three persons who had-concealed them- selves and he was threatened with a handle of a bucket and made to escort them down to the main door hiding, officer, corridor through the freedom. In Sheriff's Office and to the Sheriff's Office they in turn picked up a weapon belonging plate glass, .windows that detriment to the deputies. one of them window. This area should not be used for searching of inmates. 'The room inside the jaU area provided for this' purpose should be used. As betas used. of this time, it is net The laxity with which medicines heinjf disbursed is of great concern. There was medicine cabinet on the first floor near the-control center which was unlocked and was of glass construction. It had such things as aspirin, rubbing alcohol, · ammonia, various other drugs that were. not immediately identifiable. In' addition to that, when we made our rounds in the maximum, security area, we found that a young man hid several bottles' of medicine which- apparently had been prescribed by the doctor. This is not * good practice allowing inmates to have,medicine by the in their, own possession. The bottle itself could be used as an instrument for potential suicide as well as a weapon against the officers, and the mtdieines could be taken in bulk and cause serious problems. The Deputy immediately tot all of the visible medicines from the inmate, and told him when he was ready to have ·M*'\do*e, that one of the Deputies would, administer it to him. No .medicine should be allowed within the 'institution .. except under. d o c prMciptlon, and then thii should only be administered at the hours prescribed · and aupervlied by an officer. Again, I would like to empha»i« that there 'w»i no aupervtsiofl at the time of Inspection In the Alltxany County Jail. lUliable mure** itate that the addl tional ptr'aonnel afforded . UN Sheriff'* Office are b*lng utillied on read liMt^'.OM man 1« auixned permanently l« .the Court Moute. Thl* to Indeed an. umatlrfactory nituaUon, and It U III? very dlwrewlni having a new Jail, that haa all mortem convenience' ·Ml UMX art not btlnf utdlwd at It noted that th« nwrttliif Mrt the jail ana that *rt trained "In the handling of. Inmates. In talking' lo (fveral of (him, thin WM nf primary concern to them be- (Continued on Page 17) i to one of the Deputies. The escapees uu ""- were apprehended a short time their successful escape. . fjj at j m jght When, this inspection officer appeared before the County Commissioners to the new jail opening, the amount of personnel recommended and believed necessary to operate the institution in a safe manner, and at the same time be able to initiate. some basic programs was presented. It is my understanding ' that the personnel for the Sheriff's Office was increased from fivt persons to 15. It 'was believed at that time that the minimum of persons 'that could operate the jail on a safe basis were 10, there being two officers on each shift, one in a position ot control in the Control Center, and another in a position of supervising and making r o u n throughout the institution. The jail is equipped with plugs for telephones so that an officer, can, when he makes his rounds, report back -into the Control Center so that his whereabouts is known at all times. It- is also equipped with the intercom system so that the officers on rounds can. : have verbal communication with the Sheriffs Office. The telephone system is not being used as it was originally designed. The Control Center is not beijig utilized or used, and all the prisoners that come into the institution come through the Sheriff's Office. This incidentally could be a very dangerous situation, because if you would get hold of an unruly inmate, and it is my understanding that searches of these inmates are made in the Sheriff's area, there are two large could he i as .well as anybody else that would be innocent bystanders, if an unruly prisoner for example, would throw something through the windows or wrestle with a deputy, could fall through the

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  1. The Cumberland News,
  2. 17 Jul 1970, Fri,
  3. Page 26

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