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Sheriff: Klamath County jail receives 'high marks' from inspection

A recent inspection of the Klamath County Detention Center gave the facility and staff a high score, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Posted: May 1, 2019 11:46 AM
Updated: May 1, 2019 11:53 AM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A recent mandatory inspection of the Klamath County Detention Center yielded "high marks" for the facility and staff, according to a statement from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) on Wednesday.

“We got an outstanding score, a 96.5 percent out of 100. We all worked really hard,” said Jail Commander Lieutenant Brian Bryson.

Bryson heads management of the jail under Sheriff Chris Kaber's leadership. The Detention Center is a 152-bed facility with 52 deputies and other staff, processing more than 4,000 inmates and detainees every year, according to KCSO.

A team of nine inspectors from across the state performed this mandatory compliance inspection, spending several weeks "looking at items from afar" before a tour of the facility on April 26.

"Klamath County Detention Center staff had 311 standards they were assessed on, including processing inmates, inmate medical care and grievances, facility cleanliness and maintenance, staff training, department policies, and more," KCSO said.

The inspectors found seven non-compliance issues at the facility, with KCSO characterizing them as minor in scope. The agency said that Lieutenant Bryson's team already had a plan in place to correct those issues within 30 days.

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office recently released detailed results of a grand jury jail inspection conducted in February, also outlining a very positive review.

Oregon jails are generally inspected every two years through the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, KCSO said, in an attempt to ensure that state standards are met — including making sure that both employees and inmates are safe.

"For unknown reasons the Klamath County Detention Center was last inspected 14 years ago, which makes the achievement even more impressive," KCSO said.

The Douglas County Jail in Roseburg recently settled a lawsuit alleging that a female inmate was kept in inhumane conditions, with county officials agreeing to make necessary changes.

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