Sunday, September 1, 2013

Canyon County Sheriff Has Nightmares About Inmates Released From Overcrowded Jail

Posted By on Sun, Sep 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue, who has described the county lockup as an "exposed liability" to his community due to its deteriorating condition, now says he loses sleep at night envisioning criminals being released from detention because of jail overcrowding.

In this morning's Idaho Press-Tribune Donahue said the county was open to lawsuits because of the jail's condition.

"Every time my phone rings just before I go to bed or when I'm getting up, [I think] is this is Angie Leon's case?" asked Donahue, referring to the woman murdered by a man released from the county jail. "I lose sleep over that every day. It's coming, and who's go to be liable?"

Donahue also complained about understaffing, saying his department was currently down eight dispatchers because they have left for better pay in other law enforcement agencies.

"I think the public has to take the blinders off and get involved and become aware of what the issues are because that dispatch center is crucial for their public safety," he said.

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