Steps Taken: On August 16, 2016, the Board approved a capital improvement project in the amount of $1.384 million for design and construction of suicide prevention measures at MJN and Elmwood. Part of this project includes replacing existing wooden and steel doors in the designated suicide resistant cells with large vision panel doors without protruding handles and beveled hinges.
Designs were projected to be completed by February 2017, but now construction is estimated to start at a time later than November 2018 in order to incorporate and evaluate the ADA features in suicide prevention cells and phase the work as housing units become available. On May 9, 2017, the Board approved a capital improvement project in the amount of $1.6 million for design and construction of suicide prevention barriers in various jail housing units for inmates with serious mental illness. Installation of temporary suicide prevention barriers in various housing units has begun. Permanent suicide prevention barrier designs are complete and the construction contract was awarded in October 2017. Permanent suicide prevention barriers have been completed in several housing units at Elmwood, and the entire project is projected to be completed in December 2018.
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 in the amount of $5,500,000. The Correctional Suicide Prevention Cells Project involves renovation of certain Main Jail North and Elmwood cells and repurposes them as suicide prevention cells. Construction started scheduled to start December 2018. The scheduled completion date is 2024 due to the inability to access housing units during the pandemic that were needed by Custody staff for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine and phasing of work throughout the jail facilities.
Budget Status: This summarized recommendation was budgeted for design and construction in August 2016 in the amount of $1.384 million. An additional $1.6 million was allocated in May 2017 to address additional suicide prevention issues.
As part of the FY 2019 Adopted Budget, the Board approved an additional $2,120,000 in funding for suicide prevention measures in various housing units.
On September 25, 2018, the Board approved a contract relating to the Main Jail North and Elmwood Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Improvements and Suicide Watch Cells Project in the amount of $5,500,000 with funding being reallocated from existing ADA projects.
Source Report(s): Suicide Prevention Gap Analysis – Hayes
Responsible Department(s): Facilities and Fleet
Master List Nos.: 253-260, 297-299
Review Date: FGOC reviewed on August 26, 2016 and December 19, 2016