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BernCo Commission Adopts Ordinance Establishing Detention Facility Management Oversight System

06/10/2015

Bernco Logo“The Management Oversight System will be made up of an advisory board that will report to the county commission and the county manager and ensure standards and compliance are being met at the facilities,” says Commission Vice Chair Art De La Cruz. “This board will focus on activities, policies and incidents at the Metropolitan Detention Center and, in an advisory capacity, bring concerns before the commissioners.”

Duties of the newly established board include:

  • Ensure that the standards for detention facilities in the county protect the health, safety and welfare of Bernalillo County’s citizens, staff, and the inmate population
  • Review and study the data from the detention facilities compliance program and PREA and ACA compliance requirements
  • Work with the county jail experts and detention facility management to solve issues discovered; and report to the county commission and the county manager at a minimum of quarterly, concurrently with the jail experts hired by the manager
  • The Board shall act in an advisory capacity to oversee operations of the county detention facilities and to make recommendations to the county manager and county commission in order to guide policy or to ensure best practices and the most efficient operation of these facilities
  • The Board shall adopt rules and regulations for the procedure by which they may authorize audits or investigations. All authorized audits or investigations shall be forwarded upon completion to the county manager for appropriate action. The Board shall also receive a copy of any audits or investigations for informational purposes and in furtherance of their advisory role in making recommendations to process improvement. The Board shall have no authority to recommend discipline for any county staff member as this authority is dictated by the county personnel rules and any applicable collective bargaining agreements.

The Bernalillo County Commission, as the governing body of the county, has the duty to operate and inspect the overall conditions of its detention facilities under state law and has the statutory duty to house all inmates lawfully committed to detention facilities, and the inmates cannot be turned away.

The Bernalillo County Commission also has a duty to operate detention facilities in a manner that is consistent with the United States Constitution, while at the same time keeping the public and the county employees in the facility protected.

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