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Contract Approved for Jail Population Study

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Legislature approved an agreement with the Center for Governmental Research (CGR), of Rochester, NY, to undertake a Criminal Justice/Jail Population Trend Analysis for the Tompkins County Jail, for an amount not to exceed $63,000. The vote was 11-3, with Legislators Dooley Kiefer, Carol Chock and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne voting no. CGR was the unanimous choice of the Jail Study Committee, with concurrence of the Probation Director, Jail Captain, and County Administrator, who were invited to participate in the search process. The analysis is the first of two studies focused on Jail capacity to be undertaken by the County, following the New York State Commission of Correction announcement of its intent to revoke the Jail’s long-standing 18-bed variance that has allowed operation above the facility’s 82-bed capacity. Based on the County’s appeal, the Commission agreed to extend the variance through year’s end, but directed that the County was to report significant progress on the population study 45 days before the variance is set to expire. Legislator Kiefer, who had sat in on the remote presentations by the consultants said she had preferred the other respondent and did not agree with the committee’s recommendation. Legislator Chock said her opposition related to process.

County Administrator Joe Mareane said Jail Captain Ray Bunce will now be filing with the COC, seeking a one-year extension of the variance, saying commitments to capacity-related programs as part of the 2017 budget will also be noted in the application.