Here is the final report (jail study) issued by the Institute for Law and Policy Planning (ILPP) on the criminal justice system in Blount County.
Here are the key points to reducing the jail overcrowding according to Alan Kalmanoff JD, the Executive Director of the ILPP, the organization paid to do the criminal justice system assessment.
Here is the open memo to the Blount County Commission, Corrections Committee and Citizens from Alan Kalmanoff.
Here is the June 2014 Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) Audit stating that the number of federal prisoners needs to be reduced and that we should look at alternative and pre-trial sentencing solutions.
The Daily Times published a story today on the matter with my comments included. At the October Blount County Corrections Partnership (BCCP) meeting, I made a motion to forward the ILPP report to the full commission because that report had never been formally released to the public. However, the full commission has not heard from the study consultant.
“As the commissioner who made the motion to have a full commission presentation from the jail consultant on the Criminal Justice System Assessment Report, I am troubled that the meeting was canceled. Obviously, some county officials aren’t happy with the conclusions of the independent report. The report was suppose to be heard by the full commission last year, yet there has been no presentation to the commission and it has been delayed once again. Nearly $95,000 of taxpayer money has been spent. We owe it to the people of Blount County to have a thorough public discussion on our justice system and jail overcrowding problem.
The report makes some of the same recommendations that the Tennessee Corrections Institute makes including reducing the number of federal prisoners and providing more pre-trial release and alternative sentencing programs. The report points out that our jail may be unconstitutional and that we could face legal action if we don’t reduce our jail population. The jail overcrowding situation is dangerous not only to the inmates but to the taxpayers who may be forced to fund an unnecessary jail expansion.” Commissioner Tona Monroe