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BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County grand jury and state health inspectors recently OKed conditions at the Brunswick County Detention Center.
On Nov. 17, a Brunswick County grand jury toured the 440-bed facility and found it “clean and orderly,” Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.
Grand jurors also found detention staff to be “professional and courteous,” Miller said.
On Dec. 8, jail inspector Chris Wood, with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Division of Facility Services, also toured the detention center for its semi-annual inspection required by the state.
According to the report, one inmate was listed as backlogged to the Department of Corrections on the day of the inspection.
Among the categories on which the detention center was inspected per N.C. General Statutes, the inspector found the detention center in compliance with 98 of 99 categories.
The only category the detention center was listed as not in compliance was “keys and locks color coded and marked for identification by touch.”
The corrective action for noncompliance was listed as, “facility should take action to ensure that keys and locks are marked as required and continually monitor this.”
While the detention center was listed as in compliance in safety and security, the inspector recommended a facility maintenance person on site at the detention center.
“Given the increased beds that have been added and the population that will soon rise, it is important that all needed repairs be made as soon as possible,” Wood wrote in his report.
Categories in which the detention center was in compliance, which are taken from the state inspection report, include:
•Jailers make and document irregular rounds twice per hour.
•Female inmates confined in separate confinement unit, out of sight of male inmates.
•Male inmates under age 18 housed in separate sleeping cells from adult inmates during sleeping hours.
•Smoke detectors comply with building code.
•Written fire plan for evacuation of inmates developed and properly posted.
•Quarterly fire drills are held and recorded.
•Jail has safe, secure area for keys.
•Accounting system for issuing and returning keys.
•Direct observation or electronic surveillance maintained at all times.
•Jailers awake at all times.
•Female jailers are on duty in the jail whenever a female is confined.
•Jail meets sanitation requirements of Title 15A, Chapter 18A, Section .1500.
•Qualified medical personnel available to evaluate inmate health complaints.
•The local health department has approved the operation of the jail.
•Locked storage of firearms outside of security perimeter.
•All construction materials were in compliance.
•Monthly jail population reports submitted as required.