Sunday, February 17, 2013

WDT: County Brass Say Sheriff's Dead Wrong on Jail Costs

   The spat continues...the GOP dominated County Legislature has a new spreadsheet out showing bunking inmates in Albany County actually is less expensive than building new capacity at the Watertown jail, while Democratic Sheriff John Burns responds that only six of 15 legislators have ever visited the jail and that the county study doesn't take into account the daily grind on people of shuttling people back and forth.
    Whether or not Mr. Burns seeks reelection in 2014, I would think this would be an appropriate front burner issue and let the parties debate both sides for the public.
     It's clear an election is needed to end the partisan bickering over jail overcrowding.
      By the way, the Sheriff was the guest on Live at Five on Friday. I missed the show. Was there any news made there ?
Watertown Daily Times | County saves by paying to board inmates elsewhere, data show

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Burns is worried about officer fatigue! Good God is he serious? People drive on the road all day, everyday for all kinds of jobs. We are not talking about these guys working an 8 hour shift and then driving to Albany and back. Go find another sad story Burns.

Anonymous said...

The daily grind on people? I dunno...I think I would rather drive some riffraff to Albany county than sit in a jail all day guarding them. Plus, once I dropped them off, I would be less likely to start sexting with them.

What is not being taken into account is the cost overruns of building and addition...not to mention the extra lawsuits from hiring more people that would be sure to crop up.

Anonymous said...

well they all wanted to work 10hr days instead of an 8 hr. day so, they could work at their other cop jobs.

Anonymous said...

Republican pukes don't care and the JCL is a classic example with 15 pukes holding seats there and not able to add up to do the math.

Hate those pukes

Anonymous said...

Re Live @ 5. Jim Levin's crappy phone system prevented hearing anything John Burns had to say.

rick aldrich said...

I would be more inclined to get the current house in order, before ,even considering, building a bigger house. This appears to be just what it is, a distraction.

Anonymous said...

Probably just as well the phones are bad. I can't imagine Burns having anything to say that would improve his image or make this mess any better. What an disgrace.

Anonymous said...

Uh yeah.....the phone system

Anonymous said...

I'm so flattered that libs like my puke detail. Probably Mikey, as he copies everything.

Jack Auble said...


For those not familiar with Joe Arpio, he is the County Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. He keeps getting re-elected over and over again.

These are some of the reasons why:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio created the "tent city jail" to save Arizona from spending tens of millions of dollars on another expensive prison complex.Inmates sleep in tents!