$179,000 Alachua County Jail Study Moves Forward
The keys to the Alachua County Jail will remain with Sheriff Sadie Darnell, despite a tumultuous meeting with county commissioners today.
Commissioners voted to go forward with a $179 thousands dollar jail study over Darnell's protests. Members of the jail employee union support it because they say a study could improve efficiency and savings.
The study will analyze staffing levels, management practices, and employees' opinions among other things.
The Sheriff presented a compromise that would provide more staff, without the study...saying without a commitment by the board to hire more detention officers, she would not manage the jail in the future. But Commissioners made a compromise of their own, committing to hire the number of staffers recommended in the study and to negotiate another inter-local agreement with the Sheriff.
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