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Staffing shortfall remains an issue at Alpena jail

Submitted by on July 1, 2010 – 6:14 amNo Comment

A staffing shortfall at the Alpena County Jail has again been revealed following a state inspection.

The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) completed the most recent inspection on February 9, 2010.  A number of items were listed as being “non-compliant” with MDOC rules.  Most of the items were minor and quickly corrected by Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski and his staff. 

However, the on-going issue of understaffing the jail was again the most critical issue addressed in the inspection report.  A 2007 inspection recommended a minimum of 3 officers on day shift, 3 on the afternoon shift and 2 on the night shift.

Kieliszewski has been aware of the ongoing problem but does not have enough money is his budget to adequately correct the situation. The sheriff has made a number of changes and is considering hiring a part-time employee.  In addition, cameras where installed at the 911 Center so dispatchers can help monitor cells and jail hallways. 

The changes help but do not directly correct the issue of onsite manpower. 

The Alpena County Jail was constructed in 1956 with a 28 bed capacity.  In 1989, an addition and some changes increased the jail’s total capacity to 69 beds.