A statement from the Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners is below:
“The Board of County Commissioners would like to thank the Justice Committee co-chairs Rabbi Barsky and Doctor Gary LeRoy, as well as the other members of the committee. This has been a report almost two years in the making. We are sincerely grateful for your hard work and dedication.
We originally issued a call for this committee to be formed to address concerns we had with the operation of the jail and several lawsuits. Since we formed this committee in March 2017, we have not been idle while we awaited this final report.
Last year, we passed a sales tax increase, partly to fund investments in jail operations and capital infrastructure. We are currently in the design phase of a project to renovate the first floor of the jail facility, including the intake and medical ward areas.
We also amended our contract to offer combined physical and mental/behavioral health services through one service provided, NaphCare, and added almost 10 full-time employees to that contract since 2016.
It is our hope that these improvements will be one of many that help our corrections facilities and its operations.
Now that the report has been completed, we will be forming work teams to evaluate and prioritize these recommendations. The Board of County Commissioners is also looking forward to working with Sheriff Streck to implement recommendations and make necessary changes."