By Matthew Triponey
Of The Spirit
BROOKVILLE — The deputy warden of the Jefferson County Jail, Brian Sneeringer, has decided to move on to "bigger and better things" and thus has submitted his resignation effective Feb. 8, Warden Tom Elbel announced at the most recent meeting of the Jefferson County Jail Inspection/Intermediate Punishment Board.
Paul Corbin, chairman of the county commission, said that the county would begin advertising the open position in the local media.
Asked if he would be attempting to train another employee from the prison to assume the role of deputy warden, Elbel said that any such employment decisions would ultimately be the responsibility of the commissioners.
In other business:
• Elbel also addressed a number of assaults and incidents of harassment that occurred at the jail recently. Asked about the cause of them, he said it was likely something to do with the social hierarchy often assumed by prisoners.
"In the inmate system, a child molester is on the very bottom of the pecking order, and normally, whenever you see an assault, it's because they're on the bottom and somebody higher didn't like them there," Elbel said.
He said that two indoor rec rooms are provided for inmates to get exercise and burn off some energy, hopefully preventing them from using that pent-up energy to start fights and create problems.
"They can go in and play basketball and handball and things like that," Elbel said.
He added that inmates are permitted two hours of exercise every day, whether it takes place outside or inside in the rec rooms.
On the whole, Elbel said that the assaults have shown no particular pattern or structure beyond the form that they take.
"We have a couple up there who've shown a pattern," he said. "They like to spit on people right now. That seems to be the going thing right now. But eventually, they'll get away from that ... and then they'll move on to something else."
At the meeting, the members of the jail board also approved the following items:
• The minutes of the previous meeting as presented.
At that meeting, in addition to approving the minutes of the meeting prior to it and all of the monthly reports, the jail board heard a report from Elbel that, due to a Supreme Court decision, a revision was needed to the jail's strip search policy in accordance with CCAP (County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania) insurance.
The new strip search policy mandates that, if the jail does not have the ability to completely segregate a new inmate from the others housed there, all incoming inmates must be strip-searched upon arrival.
• The jail report for December as presented.
The beginning of the month population was 137 with 61 monthly commitments and 78 monthly releases leading to an end of the month population of 120 and an average daily population of 128.25.
The housing breakdown was as follows: 120 total were housed in Jefferson County Jail, 117 males and 20 females.
The total housed out of the county was 17, 14 males and two females, with six at Muncy, four at Camp hill and seven on weekender release.
The total population was 137.
The population demographics were as follows: 74 awaiting trial or hearings, 31 serving common pleas sentences, 15 serving lower court sentences, five approved for work release program, three approved for community service work program, one state parole and probation violator, 58 Jefferson County parole and probation violators and eight in housing for other counties.
• The financial report for December as presented.
The revenue totals were as follows: under 2012 Budget, $175,000; under December 2012 Transactions, $21,519.40; under Year-to-Date Transactions, $184,050.96; under Received, 105 percent; and under Prior Year Total, $290,664.01.
The expense totals were as follows: under 2012 Budget, $2,756,243; under December 2012 Transactions, $179,985.40; under Year-to-Date Transactions, $2,651,497.17; under Received, 96 percent; and under Prior Year Total, $2,660,260.09.
• The intermediate punishment report for December as presented.
The number being supervised on IP for the month was 134, and there were 15 on electronic monitoring.
There were none in inpatient drug and alcohol treatment and four on intensive probation supervision. There were no public service work hours completed this month.
There were 134 individuals in a probation-type supervision phase.
Seven were sentenced to IP since the last report, all of them for DUI.
There were no successful completions of IP and three unsuccessful completions.
There were 107 total drug screens, 28 for IP clients and 79 for inmates housed in the work release section of the jail.
Six of the IP clients screened positive for drugs, and no work release-housed inmates screened positive.
There were eight technical violations detected and three new charges filed, alongside two work release violations.
There were zero violations pending and two pre-sentence investigations completed.
The jail days saved this reporting period amounted to 215, with the jail days saved inception to date clocking in at 50,439.
The public service work crew had three inmates, none of them receiving day for day, two of them receiving half of a day for a day and one receiving no credit.
The total number of hours worked was 260.5, and the number of jail days saved for the month was 12.
• The restrictive intermediate punishment drug and alcohol program report for December as presented.
The number being supervised in IP for the month was 51 - 1 = 50, composed of 26 DUI and 25 non-DUI.
There were four in inpatient drug and alcohol treatment, with 91 days completed this month.
One individual was in a halfway house program, completing 26 halfway house days for the month.
There were no public service work hours completed for the month.
There were 37 individuals in a probation-type supervision phase.
There were two people sentenced to RIP since the last report, both of them for DUI. One successfully completed intermediate punishment; there were no unsuccessful completions.
There were 28 drug screens for RIP D&A clients with zero screening positive for drugs.
There was one technical violation detected. Zero new charges were filed.
There were three pending violations and two pre-sentence investigations completed.
There were three RIP D&A clients requiring work release.
The jail days saved this reporting period amounted to 178, with the inception to date number showing 13,218.
The next meeting of the Jefferson County Jail Inspection/Intermediate Punishment Board will be held at noon on Monday, Feb. 25, at Jefferson Place in Brookville.