After the September 2, 2015 Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control (TCIBC) minutes revealed that the Mayor had set aside $1 million without telling the public, the September 12, 2012 minutes reveal another alarming statement. On page 3 of the TCIBC minutes, board member and Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes said:
“Unfortunately, they (Sheriff and staff?) don’t have a commission that will build them a nice 100,000 person jail but they could use it.”
A nice 100,000 person jail? Blount County can use a facility that large? Are some wanting to turn the peaceful side of the Smoky Mountains into the next Brushy Mountain Penitentiary?
With rhetoric like this, I think it is time for us to question the quality of people serving on the Board of Control and look at reforming its membership. Have some become numb to the incarceration process and the huge costs associated with it? Only one member of the TCIBC does not work in the criminal justice system and that member is a Mayor.
Note: The first page of the 2012 TCIBC minutes is giving an error message but pages 2-3 should open for viewing purposes.