Meyer now in charge of jail

The Brown County Jail has a new supervisor.
Former Chief Deputy Larry Meyer is now in charge of operations at the jail.  Meyer has the rank of Staff Lieutenant.
“In that capacity, he is now responsible for the daily operation and management of that facility.  That facility is sixty percent of the manpower that’s in the sheriff’s office, so it seems appropriate to me to put the level of leadership needed for that responsibility,” said Brown County Sheriff Gordon Ellis.
“In the week that we’ve done that, he’s demonstrated that he’s going to do a fine job.  We are excited to have him in that capacity.”
A new policy is also now in place where inmates are being held criminally and financially responsible for any damage they cause at the Brown County Jail.
Ellis said that the new policy was put into place last week.
“If a prisoner comes into the jail and deliberately damages jail property, or functionality of the jail, that prisoner will be investigated.  That particular act is vandalism or criminal damaging,” he said.
“Two prisoners have been investigated this week and probable cause has been developed to charge one prisoner with vandalism.  Another prisoner was involved in an alleged theft offense and that is being investigated also.”
Ellis said that inmates cannot be allowed to do damage to public property without consequences.
“The taxpayers of this county have spent a significant amount of money to bring that jail up to standards.  We are going hold prisoners accountable who come into the county jail and feel that they can damage it,” Ellis said.
“In every case where property is damaged and there is a dollar figure attached to the repair, we are going to request restitution  and we’re going to charge them with the appropriate crime.”
The sheriff said that he expects inmates will get the message quickly.
“I anticipate as that policy becomes more well known for inmates, I anticipate that their behavior will change.”
Ellis said that 15 additional prisoners were on lockdown at the facility as punishment for causing damage that did not rise to the legal level of criminal damaging.
“We are looking at each one of those to see if they are in violation of the disciplinary rules, which they are made aware of when they come into the jail,” Ellis said.