Inspection: Milwaukee County Jail meets all state standards

MILWAUKEE – Conservative Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. has picked up plenty of critics and political enemies in liberal Milwaukee.

But the outspoken sheriff runs an excellent jail, according to the latest Wisconsin Department of Corrections inspection of the Milwaukee County Jail.

The 2016 annual inspection was conducted Dec. 8-9, and the inspection report was released two weeks later.

“You and your staff should be commended for the work being accomplished at the facility to ensure the safety and security of the jail and residents of Milwaukee County,” Gregory A. Bucholtz, inspector at the DOC’s Office of Detention Facilities, wrote to Clarke in the Dec. 22 report, obtained by Wisconsin Watchdog.

The 31-page inspection document is replete with positive findings. The county jail, which houses some 970 inmates, meets nearly every DOC standard, with the exception of a couple of areas noted as “Meets Standard” and “Needs Improvement.” Such categories, including providing adequate inmate exercise and recreation time outside their cells or outdoors, appears to be beyond the jail’s control.

“Inmates in general population have sufficient amounts of time out of their cells. However, inmates are currently being lockdown in their cells between 5:45pm and 6:00pm due to staffing shortages,” the report states.

Read more at Wisconsin Watchdog

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