Broome jail staffing still a sticking point with state

The state Commission of Corrections' recent evaluation of the Broome County jail didn't find any glaring compliance issues, but the question of staffing is still prevalent, though unclear.

The commission has been threatening legal action if Broome County didn't hire 18 additional corrections officers, a demand in a 2007 study requested by Sheriff David E. Harder.

In an evaluation in October, which was released in December, the report states compliance with staffing was not assessed because an analysis is pending.

Harder said he recently sat down with the commission and spent a couple of hours going over staffing levels and how things could be changed to decrease the amount of new hires.

He said a tentative agreement was reached that would allow the county to hire fewer corrections officers than originally requested.

Harder said nothing is finalized and would only say the numbers were "quite a bit less than what they asked us for."

Otherwise, the jail in the Town of Dickinson was compliant with 10 of 13 check points.

By Eric Reinagel •ereinage@gannett.com • December 27, 2009, 6:35 pm