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Safety, liability concerns at jail

Lack of manpower & mental health resources for inmates make tough job even tougher

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    The unmanned tower at the Pickens jail. Outdated control software and lack of manpower keep this guard post closed.

     Due to budget constraints, lack of experienced staff, outdated features and scarce resources to handle mentally ill inmates, the Pickens jail has reached a point where safety and liability are major concerns for the sheriff’s office.
    Top officers, including Sheriff Donnie Craig, Chief Deputy Jeff Hall and Training Officer Jim Koury all said in recent interviews that something must be done before detention officers, prisoners and taxpayers are left to face the consequences of a facility where close calls happen too often due to manpower shortages.
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Clark Kent
-3 #1 Clark Kent 2016-08-03 12:12
Yes, there are legitimate issues, they start at the top. When a business owner says the only thing the sheriff seems to be good at is spending money and "too many chiefs not enough indians" they should be looking to make whole changes and remember where they came from. Too bad we couldn't find a replacement that could fix these things without begging for money
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Bruce Wayne
+11 #2 Bruce Wayne 2016-08-03 16:51
It seems to me the Sheriff and his department are doing a great job and making due with what they have. I'm sure you've got an axe to grind with the Sheriff for some reason Superman but how do you expect to keep your staff when they can go make more money twenty minutes down the road? The last time I checked a pat on the back and holding hands singing Kumbaya didn't pay the bills! Fighting crime isn't cheap!

Give us your budget cutting ideas and maybe we can support you next election when you run Superman!!
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Skip
+9 #3 Skip 2016-08-04 09:47
Quoting Bruce Wayne:
It seems to me the Sheriff and his department are doing a great job and making due with what they have. I'm sure you've got an axe to grind with the Sheriff for some reason Superman but how do you expect to keep your staff when they can go make more money twenty minutes down the road? The last time I checked a pat on the back and holding hands singing Kumbaya didn't pay the bills! Fighting crime isn't cheap!

Give us your budget cutting ideas and maybe we can support you next election when you run Superman!!


It's always the same song with people like this (including "kitty" who posts ignorant crap on a regular basis). They want to "cut spending", "eliminate waste", etc., etc., etc., but they never seem to have any actual *ideas* about how to do it. Just a constant stream of b****ing.
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Thomas
+2 #4 Thomas 2016-08-04 13:34
why didn't u take that money you used to build that gym and put it on updating your computers and equipment
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Skip
+6 #5 Skip 2016-08-05 08:35
Quoting Thomas:
why didn't u take that money you used to build that gym and put it on updating your computers and equipment


The sheriff built a gym?
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Nehemiah the Prophet
+4 #6 Nehemiah the Prophet 2016-08-05 08:41
"And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way."
Matthew 8:28
The root problem appears to be from the lengthy article the mental illness. This is a national problem. There are no resources to help with community mental health: shootings, crime, jail overcrowding, homelessness all can be tied to mental health problems (in some cases, admittedly not all). But if you can't release the demon-possessed , nor treat them and then we have to house them. Those who beseech mightily against extending alms to the mentally-disabl ed with the right hand (healthcare) end up doing it with the left with jail spending.
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Bruce Wayne
+2 #7 Bruce Wayne 2016-08-05 10:02
Skip to my lou...you might need to take a class on reading comprehension before you start writing your BS as I didn't say anything about me having an issue with the Sheriff's budget. It was Superman that had an issue with it.
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Skip
+3 #8 Skip 2016-08-05 10:47
Quoting Bruce Wayne:
Skip to my lou...you might need to take a class on reading comprehension before you start writing your BS as I didn't say anything about me having an issue with the Sheriff's budget. It was Superman that had an issue with it.


Ok, genius, my post was AGREEING with you. Sorry *your* reading comprehension is lacking. Moron.
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Sheriff Craig
+12 #9 Sheriff Craig 2016-08-07 11:11
I don't usually respond to online or social media post and will not get into a debate with any one here. Each of you are entitled to your opinion. Having said this, I knew I would be criticized by some for the article. I just believe our community should be aware of what is going on with your local government. I invite any of you who may have questions or suggestions to please contact me directly at or 706-253-8902. I am more than willing to meet with you and discuss your concerns or suggestions personally. Oh, and yes Thomas, we do have a gym at the jail for the employees. 99% of all the equipment has been donated to the office. I believe physical fitness is very important for our staff for many reasons.
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kitty
+2 #10 kitty 2016-08-08 17:38
oh Skip! you missed me! The Sheriff's Dept needs more money and the deputies do NOT get paid enough. This has been an issue for some years. My complaints were with the Board of Education however, we were able to get rid of one of 'em recently. Others will be on the chopping block soon. back to the Sheriff's Dept. When the deputies put their life on the line for little more than you can make as a cashier at Kroger, then there is a problem. It is time to increase the salaries and increase the Sheriff's budget. I never have a problem with spending money wisely.
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