Accountability: Full transparency on funding sources and total cost; publicly publish timeline of jail planning and construction; and proactively make all meeting notes and presentations easily accessible to the public rather than forcing community members to file endless public records requests. These should be available online and at no cost.
The participants in our events are everyday community members, family members of people who are incarcerated, formerly incarcerated people themselves, counselors and social workers, teachers, and business owners. A shared concern for the wellbeing of county residents brings us together. We want to see the County seriously address the jail conditions and commit to decarceration strategies in order to prevent a bloated, unnecessary jail. We want the County to implement forward-thinking steps that support community safety and health, informed by best practices in place across the country.
For this reason, we will continue our public dialogue with a Town Hall on Decarceration on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. Again, we invite the Commission and the Sheriff’s office to participate in positive dialogue with their constituents.
Responses from Montgomery County Administrator Michael Colbert and Sheriff Streck will be published in tomorrow’s paper.