The inmates still need fingerprinted, photos taken and served breakfast,
lunch and dinner. They have to prepare inmates for court and be transported to the Butler County Jail. When they return from court we have to hold them until transport is available to take them to another jail.
This is why I answer the question of why I only laid off 4 Corrections
Officers. 1 officer sets the front desk and handles all the public and answers all phone calls.
They also enter warrants, teletypes to other agencies, schedules Carrying Concealed License Appts and Sex Offender Scheduling. They are also in charge of watching all camera’s. That leaves 2 Correction Officers to book in, change out, photograph and fingerprint.
They are also responsible for feeding them and watching them in the holding cells until they are transported. Keep in mind this does not account for all time off and vacations or sick time.
I have been asked why can’t the Road Patrol transport them. The answer to that is we have 14 Road Deputies to handle 496.50 square miles of Brown County and take an average of 14,000 calls a year for service.
What the public doesn’t realize is the employee’s earn and deserve their
vacation, that leaves 2 deputies on the road most of the time and I’m not leaving 1 Deputy on the road to handle the county. We have 3 court security Deputies that we are mandated to cover the Courthouses which costs $171,802.68 . The Road Patrol costs the county $925,595.50 plus $104,000.00 in gas and maintenance. Investigations has a
total of 5 employees, one of which is the Crime Scene Investigator. Total
costs for investigations is $343,809.00 plus gas and maintenance. Office staff includes a Chief Deputy and 2 office personnel that are not listed.
Also noted in the article was that Clinton County takes care of 40 inmates
with 3 Corrections, this is true but misleading. They have 3 Correction Officer’s per pod per shift. They have a total of 20 Correction Officers. The Brown County Jail takes care of an average of 74 inmates with 3 Correction Officer’s. With only 3 in the Jail and maintaining the Front Desk.
As to the $200,000.00 in Maintenance quoted before the Jail doors had
been retro fitted. Before the jail doors have been replaced which will drop the maintenance .
I have requested bills from the commissioners which I have not received as of February 24, 2016.
So even if the Jail would be closed we still have to maintain the office and pay bills. So cost per inmate per day should not include the maintenance unless the Sheriff’s Office was in another building.
The cost of running the jail, not including maintenance is $1,281,250.00. This includes all costs for 16 Corrections at average population of 74 inmates would be $47.44 per day per inmate even if we went to a 38 average population it would be $92.37 a day. The figures quoted in the paper are different from what I have determined to be the cost.
Even if the Jail was closed, we still have to maintain staff to book in and release an average of 1,800 inmates a year and take care of the transportation to another facility.
To the public the State of Ohio has very strict rules for inmates which I
have no choice but to follow. I feel it was my duty to make the public aware that the initial stats in the paper were not necessarily accurate. I am a 28 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and of the last 16 years I have been your county Sheriff. We have a dedicated hard working group of employees that serve the citizen’s of Brown County.
I would like to thank the public for their time.
Brown County Sheriff
Dwayne Wenninger “
—Brown County Crime Reporter, February 25, 2016 12:21 PM EST
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