County Jail director faces unique challenges

Source : Kevin Robinson, Link

escambiaPENISCOLA, FL- In her first two months as director of corrections at the Escambia County Jail, Tamyra Jarvis has dealt with the aftermath of the jail’s explosion and the unique challenges that come with running a department that’s been without a leader for some time.

Jarvis, who took the helm Feb. 1, leads a department whose former head was fired in the wake of multiple inmate deaths and one whose jail building is still in disarray after a 2014 natural gas explosion.

But Jarvis said she’s been working to build positive momentum since those events.

“We’ve been discussing operations, establishing short- and long-term goals for the department, and one of my main goals is to really increase evidence-based programs to prepare offenders for release,” she said.

Jarvis wants to enhance community partnerships to give offenders the best chance for a smooth re-entry upon release, which she says will reduce recidivism.

She’s working on a proposal to host a re-entry summit in the county this year. The summit would create an opportunity for different organizations to address shortfalls and improve offenders’ re-entry.

“I’m hopeful that will lead to the establishment of partnerships with various community leaders and entities to establish a road map on reducing recidivism,” Jarvis said.

Jarvis oversees a number of programs and facilities, as well as about 400 employees and 1,300 inmates. She said she’s spent a large portion of her first couple of months touring those sites and talking with employees.

By: Kevin Robinson
Published: April 17, 2017

Author: NIJO Newsroom

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