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Jail Operations

By AJ Vicens

FAIRPLAY, Colo. — A review of federal, state and internal inspection reports of the Park County Jail shows the jail to have scored consistently well on pre-announced and spontaneous inspections.
The Flume filed an open records request several weeks ago asking to see inspection reports from Feb.  1- April 30, 2003.  Jail Captain Monte Gore  said  the only records available for that period were “Daily Logs.” According to Gore,  no inspections were  conducted by federal or state authorities during the  time- frame Mexican national Moises Carranza-Reyes was detained in Park County.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Carranza- Reyes  alleges unclean conditions at the  jail  and  a  lack  of medical attention  nearly cost him  his  life,  and  resulted in the  amputation of his  lower left leg.
Documents were provided to The Flume on July 6 and July 11 concerning previous jail inspections. The Flume, looked at a federal inspection by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, today known as the Bureau of Immigration and  Customs Enforcement; an inspection conducted by the Colorado Department of Corrections; inspections conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and  Environment; and  the “Daily Logs.”
The federal inspection report, the most comprehensive on file,  was  conducted on Sept. 5-6,  2002.  It consists of dozens of categories made up of 644 specific points. The categories rate  various issues from recreation provided detainees to use of force, and rates the jail’s performance as “acceptable” at best dropping to “at-risk” as the  lowest.
The  Park County Jail met or  exceeded requirements  on 639 out of the  644-point inspection, a  passing rate of  more than 99percent. The jail was found “deficient” in sorting and  itemizing detainees’ personal property; not keeping up to date medical files  on all  detainees; not  having a set of orders at every  post in the jail; and not issuing enough undergarments to inmates. The jail was found to be “at- risk” in the way chemicals were stored and having no inventory of chemicals used in the  laundry room.
When a jail is found to be below acceptable in any category,  a plan of action must be submitted to  the government outlining steps to be taken to remedy problems. Gore submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice dated Jan. 15, 2003 concerning the problems. The letter informed one  of the  federal inspectors that the  issues with the  laundry room were being addressed; orders had  been put at every post; detainee medical files were brought up- to-date; undergarments would be provided to detainees upon arrival and every day; and all the incoming detainees’ property was  now itemized.
Subsequent federal inspections in 2003 and 2004 were reportedly met or exceeded the 2002 inspection findings.
The 2003 Colorado Department of Corrections inspection focused primarily on security-related issues. Some items relating to overall jail operation were included.The jail passed in most areas but was asked to organize the garage, which has since been remodeled and cleaned. The other request of the state inspector was to have the propane tanks in the back of the jail protected, and  Gore said he plans to bury them.
In his summary the inspector said, “the  facility is clean in most of the common offender areas, but  other areas not accessible to offenders [sic] a little closer scrutiny is in order,” namely a few  corners, vents and walls. The inspector praised Gore and said the “facility  has  progressed considerably in the short time from our first visit.”
CDPHE inspections, focusing on the environmental health of the jail,  found the jail to be relatively clean  dating from April, 2002, shortly before Park County took control of the  jail. This inspection found no violations; the next inspect ion,   Ma y  2 9 ,  2 0 0 3 , found only that the floor  of the garage needed repainting. An  inspection  on   May   31,2004, f o u n d that a light switch needed a  cover  plate, the   garage  floor   needed  a scrub and  some  of the inmates’ beds  were  too close together.
The Daily Logs from the dates ofMarch1-8, 2003 were also reviewed. The logs have sergeants evaluate the cleanliness of 10  areas of the  jail, including the  holding and  segregation cells.  In the review of the eight-day period only one day h ad a report of  dirty areas: March 6. The lobby, segregation cells and garage were reported dirty. Gore said the areas were  cleaned as soon as they were  found  dirty.
Bill Trine, one of the attorneys representing Carranza- Reyes, said he has not seen any federal inspection reports on the Park County Jail. Trine said he has reviewed the CDPHE report mentioned in  this  article.According to Trine, the Park County Environmental Health Department had conducted a routine inspection in 2004.
Trine is unaware of any routine inspections that were performed while Carranza-Reyes was detained.

Monte Gore for Sheriff
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