MANSFIELD -- The Richland County Sheriff’s Jail remains on "Compliant Jail" status after its most recent inspection through the State of Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.
“Our staff does a great job and this report is a reflection of it,” Sheriff Steve Sheldon said.
The sheriff's office passed the State’s jail inspection by getting 100 percent on all 53 essential standards and 95 percent on 59 important standards. Three of the 59 important standards were not met due to over-population.
The total actual general housing capacity for the Richland County Jail is 234. On the date of the jail inspection, there were 248 inmates incarcerated in the Richland County Jail. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction recommended housing capacity for the jail is 234, which is based upon total available living space and other requirements.
According to the ODRC, the inspection was restricted to assessing compliance with a group of standards, selected from the Standards for Jails in Ohio promulgated by the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
The group of standards being inspected focused on Reception & Release, Classification, Security, Housing, Sanitation and Environmental Conditions, Communication, Visitation, Medical and Mental Health Services, Food Service, Recreation and Programming, Inmate Discipline, Administrative Segregation, Grievance, Staffing, and Staff Training. The inspection consisted of this Inspector receiving and/or reviewing requested documentation and/or materials, touring selected areas of the jail, and having discussions with various jail staff.
The total actual general housing capacity for the Richland County Jail is 234. On the date of the jail inspection, there were 248 inmates incarcerated in the Richland County Jail, the report stated. The capacity figure is based upon total available living space and other requirements.
Officials should maintain prisoner counts within the Department's recommended capacity figure, stated Mark Coey, the state's jail inspector.
He noted that the Richiand County Jail (Full Service Jail) is in compliance with 112 standards, 53 "Essential," and 59 "Important."
According to Coey, the Richland County Jail did not comply with three standards, none "Essential." All three are rated "Important."
"This letter is intended to serve as a basis for developing plans of action for bringing the facility into compliance with the deficiencies noted during the inspection," Coey noted in his report.
5120:1-8-04 (A) (4) Full service jails shall provide inmates with sufficient space. The jail shall maintain documentation regarding square footage and maximum occupancy figures for all housing and holding areas, and shall comply with the following minimum requirements: Dayspace: (Important) Thirty-five square feet per number of occupants occupying the dayspace at one time. Minimum size of one hundred five square feet.
Comments: On the day of the inspection there were seven housing units which did not comply with the standard for dayroom space. The units were 2D-11,2B-12,2B-10,3B-15,3B-12,3B-10 and 3D-Il.
5120:1-8-04 (F) (Important) Toilet facilities at a minimum of one operable toilet for every 12 occupants.
Comments: On the day of the inspection there were three units which did not comply with the standard for toilet ratio due to overpopulation. The units were 20-11,3B-10 and 3D-Il.
5120:1-8-04 (G) (Important) Shower facilities at a minimum of one operable shower for every 12 occupants. Water temperatures shall be controlled thermostatically in a range from 105 to 120 degrees Farenheit.
Comments: On the day of the inspection there were three units did not comply with the standard for showers ratio due to overpopulation. The units were 2D-11,3B-10,3D-11.
The Richiand County Jail is in compliance with 100 percent of the Essential Standards and at least 90 percent of the Important Standards meeting the requirements of a "Compliant Jail."
The Bureau of Adult Detention encourages the jail to correct the remaining deficiencies noted in the inspection report prior to the next annual jail inspection, Coey noted.