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CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – At a recent meeting of the Clarion County Jail Board of Directors, Deputy Probation Director Mike Blum briefed the Board of Directors on the activity as part of the grant for intermediate punishment.

A total of 93 people are now in the program, including 15 under house arrest and two in work release and one more will be added soon, according to Blum. (photo above) at Tuesday’s board meeting.

“Usually the goal is to shorten jail time and be able to more closely monitor people in the community who may require more supervision than a typical probation sentence,” Blum explained.

“You might only see the person once or twice a month or when we need to know what they are doing on a daily basis, at least check where they are. “

When asked if house arrest requires ankle bracelets, Blum replied, “Yes. There’s some kind of electronic surveillance, and sometimes he watches the alcohol through sweat, and sometimes it’s just a group to let us know where they’re supposed to be. They are not allowed to have anything between their leg and the bracelet.

Blum has been an assistant principal since 2007 and has worked on probation for almost 21 years.

Director Jeff Hornberger told board members he was happy the work release program is going relatively well the way it does.

Work release status for inmates is ordered by the Clarion County Judge and operates through the County Probation Office.

“They need to be vaccinated against COVID before going on work release, and when they return to jail they are quarantined,” Hornberger said. “We continue to monitor them by watching for signs or symptoms of COVID, monitoring temperature checks. “

Slowing down of food supply channels

Hornberger confirmed that the prison’s food supplier, Reinhart Foodservice, LLC, informed him about three months ago when the company sent out a warning that the prices of many beef products were rising at an astronomical rate. .

“We watch what we buy and try to get quality products at a lower price. “

Hornberger said the prison has used Reinhart Foodservice for 10 to 12 years.

Food preparation is done at the prison, and “the budget does not include county staff, their salaries and benefits, as it is under staff costs,” Hornberger added.

Mobile kiosks are now disciplinary tools

Hornberger said the recently installed mobile kiosks used for family video tours are also a disciplinary tool.

“If they are disciplined, they cannot use them. Incidents of misconduct have decreased in just one month. I’m not going to say that’s the reason, but it looks pretty good in various operations.

Rising drug costs

The net bill for the Clarion Prison Pharmacy for the month of August was $ 10,570.90.

According to a report by Care Management Plus, a managed care consulting company, the average cost per inmate was $ 167.79 and the past 12-month average was $ 110.63.

The report also states that non-forms costs have tended to increase in recent months. Physicians and mental health care providers should consider cost effective alternatives for new orders.

“This is the highest level for some time since the population decline. Non-form accounted for about 75 percent of charges, ”President Wayne Brosius said.

“We were never this high when we had 120 inmates,” Commissioner Ted Tharan said.

According to the report, the top 10 patient profiles accounted for $ 7,828.58, or 66% of the pharmacy bill.

Advisors visits

Hornberger said the number of visits with the prison counselor each month varies among inmates.

“Some of them need to see her almost every day. Each inmate who enters prison must see the counselor within 72 hours and several times during the week. There are designated days for counseling and some apply. The counselor is also the person who decides whether an inmate needs to see the contract psychiatrist.

September Director’s Report

• Total commitments: 30
• Total number of outings: 32
• Daily average: 56.13
• As of October 13, 2021: 15 women, 39 men and two temporary transfers
• 140 detainees seen by the counselor
• Four inmates under suicidal supervision
• 19 detainees seen by a psychiatrist
• Four Narcan training sessions with drugs and alcohol
• 68 inmates seen by a nurse
• 71 inmates seen by Seneca Medical
• Three inmates received the first dose of Pfizer COVID vaccine
• Eight inmates received second dose of Pfizer COVID vaccine
• An additional security camera installed
• Administration / staff telephones installed

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