Steps Taken: The Sheriff’s Office and Facilities and Fleet Department have been working to remedy items that need to be fixed. $11.6 million of funding has been allocated for study, design, and remodel and construction of various ADA issues in the jail facilities. A plan is being developed to scope out the cost and plan to make the necessary longer term fixes, which will likely involve cell reconfiguration, while other ADA modifications are already under way. The new jail project was re-sited to the site where Main Jail South (MJS) currently stands. MJS is under active demolition which should conclude Spring 2021. New Main Jail South was being designed to maximize space and program access for inmates with disabilities and the goal is to have more than 3% of cells with ADA access. The RFQ and RFP for a design-build contractor were released in Spring 2020 with proposals due Fall 2020, and the Board cancelled the bids to build a new facility. The County is now in the process of examining the need for a new facility versus a non-custodial mental health treatment facility, or other option. Therefore, until this is determined, portions of this recommendation cannot be completed.
On September 25, 2018, the Board approved the recommendation by the Facilities and Fleet Department to award the construction contract for the Correctional Suicide Prevention Cells and ADA Improvements Project. Construction is scheduled to start December 2018. The scheduled completion date is 2024 due to phasing of work throughout the jail facilities.
As of February 2019, some Main Jail North and Elmwood construction updates conforming to the American with Disabilities Act have been completed and await final review by the Certified Access Specialist.
The Elmwood ADA Path of Travel Design Project is in the permit review phase as the designs have been completed as of February 2019 and physical work is anticipated to start in 2021. The New Jail is being designed with an emphasis on ensuring a design that maximizes space and program access for inmates with disabilities.
Budget Status: The Board approved the following:
- December 15, 2015: Board approved $500,000 for Main Jail and Elmwood ADA improvements.
- April 12, 2016: Board approved $2.4 million in funding for Main Jail North ADA repairs, $500,000 in funding for Main Jail North and Elmwood ADA assessments, and $1 million for Elmwood ADA improvements.
- November 15, 2016: Board approved $900,000 for Elmwood Women’s Housing ADA improvements.
April 11, 2017: Board approved $1.5 million for Elmwood Men’s Housing ADA improvements.
- FY 2018 Adopted Budget: $3 million reserve for Main Jail ADA Repairs and $4.75 million reserve for Elmwood Complex ADA Repairs.
October 3, 2017: Board approved transfer from Elmwood Complex ADA Repairs Reserve of $1.8 million to provide funding for the design phase for the American Disabilities Act (ADA) at Elmwood.
FY 2019 Adopted Budget: The Board approved funding for Main Jail North and Elmwood ADA improvements in the amount of $18,500,000.
FY 2020 Adopted Budget: The Board approved $5 million for the Jail Capital Projects Reserve to support several jail renovations in progress and may also fund anticipated ADA capital projects.
FY 2020 Adopted Budget: The Board approved the establishment of a Reserve for actions needed to implement the Jail Consent Decrees with one-time funding in the amount of $10,000,000 and ongoing funding in the amount of $3,000,000.
FY 2020 Adopted Budget: The Board approved ongoing funding in the amount of $355,000 to fund jail monitoring as required by the Consent Decree.
March 10, 2020: Approved the transfer of $6,500,000 from the Accumulated Capital Outlay – Jail Reserve to the Improve Elmwood ADA Path of Travel Capital Project.
As part of the FY 2021 Adopted Budget, the Board approved the following:
Funding in the amount of $5,000,000 for the Jail Capital Projects reserve to support jail renovations in progress to implement jail reforms efforts.
Budget augmentation in the amount of $6,000,000 to support the demolition of Old Main Jail South and other design and preconstruction activities for New Main Jail South.
Eliminate the ongoing Reserve to Implement Jail Consent Decrees to preserve certain position in the Department of Correction to implement components of the consent decree ($2,000,000) and to fund an agreement to provide continuous physician coverage in the jail facilities ($1,000,000).
Source Report(s): Sheriff’s Jail Reform Plan
Responsible Department(s): Sheriff’s Office, Facilities and Fleet
Master List Nos.: 414-416, 420-421
Review Date: FGOC reviewed on September 30, 2016.