The community was not happy with our prison, and frankly neither were we. The Justice Committee’s final report, which was submitted to us in 2019, led us to enter into a contract with HDR to design a new facility that would address the serious issues raised by our community. The pandemic delayed our design phase due to budget cuts and was further delayed because we requested another design option. We have not yet received the final designs, therefore no selection has been made.
We assure you that we will re-engage the residents once we have the final HDR designs (likely in December) and have the budget to fund one of the selected designs.
– Michael Colbert, Montgomery County Administrator
On March 30, 2017, the County Commissioners Council passed Resolution Number 17-0530, which established the Montgomery County Jail Justice Committee. At the time, I was the Chief Assistant and I was the representative of this committee until it ended on February 26, 2019, when they presented our final report to the Commission. Coincidentally, I had just proudly started serving the citizens of Montgomery County as the new sheriff.
I have made a commitment to this committee, the community and the County Commissioners Council to review each of the committee’s 96 recommendations. All of the recommendations that were under my control have been incorporated and continue to be in policy and procedure today.
Based on the recommendations of the justice committee, in 2019, county commissioners began a prison needs assessment with the HDR cabinet, as one of the committee’s biggest concerns was the prison establishment itself. We are currently awaiting HDR’s Jail Needs Assessment report so that county officials, the Sheriff’s Office and other community leaders and stakeholders can decide on the best next steps for the Montgomery County Jail. and the citizens of Montgomery County.
– Rob Streck, Montgomery County Sheriff