(c)2013 NPT PHOTO BY RICK HOOPER
Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes speaks about issues with the
jail at Thursday's County Corrections Partnership meeting.
|Published: 8:37 PM, 04/19/2013
||Last updated: 8:37 PM, 04/19/2013
Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-Cocke County Legislative Body members got an overview of multiple deficiencies plaguing the Cocke County Jail and Courthouse during a meeting of the Cocke County Corrections Partnership on Thursday.
County Corrections Partnership Coordinator Bob Bass and
Jim Hart of CTAS outlined current issues in the jail for those present.
"I'm thankful for them coming," said Cocke
County Sheriff Armando Fontes. "We run with what the county gives us. We
have two facilities we try to keep running. Bob and Jim have been a big
"We are identifying challenges, and we will start a
strategy plan," said Bass. "The taxpayers need to know that we need
to do something. For the job the sheriff and his staff are doing, they deserve
a round of applause."
Bass, however, made a PowerPoint presentation that
revealed several issues in operation of the current jail, including
overcrowding, inmate and staff safety, security concerns, lack of staffing, and
lack of space.
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