Stop blaming deputies for the new jail fiasco

Retired corrections deputy OlympiaJanuary 22, 2014 

Thurston County has spent thousands of dollars to evaluate the current jail’s working procedures and recommend changes to move into the new jail (ARC). One of the recommendations is a 12-hour shift. Correction deputies tried the 12-hour shift and afterwards voted against it. There is also the question of deputy safety.

Let me try to put this in prospective for you. You work 12 hours, get mandatory overtime for another half-shift (six hours) so now you are up 18 hours. Half the deputies have a commute of 1 to 2 hours each way, so now you are up 20 to 22 hours and you have to return to work the next day. It’s not very safe for the correction deputies, inmates or the county (liability).

I agree it is the biggest financial mistake Thurston County has made. Maybe the commissioners could put all the funds being used on Sustainable Thurston toward opening the new jail. Please stop blaming the correction deputies. They did not force the county to build the new jail.

Let’s work together to come up with a workable plan for everyone.

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