Tell lawmakers to vote NO on any attempt to weaken health and safety regulation in jails
Sheriffs are required by statute to follow regulations adopted by the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), which establish minimum standards to ensure jails are safe for people who are incarcerated and the people who work there. The rules must be re-adopted every 10 years or they expire.
Since 2016, advocates from all over the state have worked on DHHS' review of the jail rules, negotiating and compromising, to come up with the proposed rules that were adopted last year. These rules meet national and accreditation standards, and the sheriffs dropped their objections, which delayed implementation.
However, despite the lack of support from the Sheriff's Association, some members of the General Assembly are trying at the very end of the session to disallow the two rules on overcrowding and outdoor spaces. It is clear that this controversial amendment, if adopted, will cause long-term harm, and that the Sheriffs Association voted not to oppose these two rules. The overcrowding rule is especially important because it is an umbrella issue that makes all of the other safety provisions possible.
Tell your lawmakers to oppose any attempts to weaken health and safety regulations in jails
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