The Wyoming County Jail continues to board out more prisoners than it has space for, with jail warden Ken Repsher noting in a Prison Board meeting that the inmate population has reached 75, with five inmates boarded out.
Four inmates were sent to Susquehanna County, while one has been staying in Lackawanna County.
As of May, the county has spent $31,680 boarding prisoners out of county.
Repsher said the final component of the Guardian RFID program being initiated at the correctional facility involves suicide and medical watches for inmates.
The warden also acknowledged the recent death of Corp. Kim Felker, who he said put in 29 years and is “sorely missed.”
In the follow-up county commissioners meeting, several county employees were recognized on Tuesday in honor of Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week.
Before reading a proclamation, Commissioner Tom Henry expressed gratitude for the county’s pretrial, probation and parole officials and recognized the amount of work they put in at the courthouse, noting that there are around 600 cases at this time.
“Community supervision is an essential part of Pennsylvania’s justice system,” he said. “Correctional professionals such as pretrial, probation and parole officers uphold the law with dignity while recognizing the right of the public to be safeguarded from criminal activity.”
Outside of protecting the community, Henry said these professionals work toward changing lives through supporting individuals as they work to reenter society and become productive members of the community again.
“Pennsylvania’s pretrial, probation and parole officers are on the front lines of efforts to reduce recidivism and prevent future crime,” he said before proclaiming the week of July 21-27 as a celebration of their contributions.
The commissioners signed a grant agreement for the Medical Assistance Transportation Program, which provides non-emergency transportation to medical appointments for those on Medical Assistance.
The commissioners also made resolutions to approve a procurement policy and a cash management policy, which the Department of Community and Economic Development now requires for funding.
Professional consulting services through Maximus, which the county has been using for its cost allocation plan for years, were also renewed.
The commissioners signed purchase of service agreements and service purchase contracts for Children & Youth.
The commissioners also accepted a $1,000 bid for a trailer on the county’s repository list.
Henry and Commissioner Michael Stabinsky recently attended an event at the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center in regard to its new CDL program.
“I think it will be extremely helpful for young folks and adults,” Henry said. “We’re proud to be the adjoining county and to be a part of that.”
Henry also spoke of the success of Sunday’s centennial celebration of the American Legion Auxiliary at the courthouse.
Before adjourning, the commissioners went into executive session for a tax appeal hearing with a homeowner, as well as personnel matters, but no decisions were made.
The Wyoming County Commissioners are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 9 a.m.