While serving as Commissioner of Corrections,and later as Warden of a large urban jail,I negotiated inmate health care contracts with private providers and then worked closely with those providers as they integrated their services into the overall scheme of corrections. It was always a challenge,especially in the jail setting,to educate both the security staff and the medical provider of the importance of working together as a team.
The Gila County Detention Center Inmate Behavior Form was put into place in January of 2004 after many months of discussion with Superior Court judges,our county attorney’s office and the probation department. The form documents the in-custody behavior of inmates who are awaiting sentencing on their charges. If an inmate has behaved poorly while incarcerated,it is reflected in the pre-sentence report by the Gila County Attorney’s Office. On the other hand,should the inmate’s behavior reflect good conduct while in jail,that information also is presented.