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Grand jury releases review showing safety & security concerns at local detention centers

On Monday, the Hamilton County Grand Jury released a scathing review of several local detention facilities they toured between September and December 2017. (Images: WTVC, Pixabay)

On Monday, the Hamilton County Grand Jury released a scathing review of several local detention facilities they toured between September and December 2017.

"Our tours through the County Jail, Silverdale and the Juvenile Court and Corrections were eye opening for all of us and will stay with us forever," jurors said in the report.

Jurors reported that Silverdale Detention Facility is "dangerously undermanned," and that "cell blocks could easily be taken over by inmates at any given time."

The jury said that the facility needs more medical personnel, and that they are "flabbergasted by the way medical concerns have been put off leaving inmates suffering."

The report says "an extreme amount of repairs and upgrades" are needed in the men's cell blocks.

At Hamilton County Jail, the jury said in the report that they saw some overcrowded holding cells while others were vacant, and said this overcrowding "could become a safety risk to inmates as well as officers."

The jury called the jail "excessively dirty."

Jurors described Hamilton County's Juvenile Detention facility as "very depressing."

We have reached out to Mayor Coppinger's office, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, and CoreCivic for comment on the report.

We spoke with Sheriff Jim Hammond on Tuesday - see his response here.

The report also described their experience at the Hamilton County Courthouse, courtrooms, and with judges.

You can read the entire report below: (Mobile app users tap here and choose to open in a mobile browser to read the entire report)


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