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Disappointing Decision to allow Sheriff to Proceeds with Privatization Efforts at County Detention Facilities

08/04/20

It is very disappointing we haven’t learned from the failures of other jurisdictions that have outsourced healthcare for incarcerated individuals to private, for-profit entities. My approach to pause outsourcing while exploring a different approach that holds great promise for better health outcomes for the incarcerated and better value to the taxpayers was soundly rejected. Instead we doubled down on an approach that I believe will exacerbate the current and well-documented challenges in our county jails and put the jobs of our hardworking county workers at risk. Ultimately this is the Sheriff's decision and he is clear on the path he is taking our county.