Although Steve Reams appears to be cooperating with a federal judge’s ruling that he take more precautions to protect medically-vulnerable jail detainees, the Weld County sheriff is definitely feeling upset about it.
“Never in my six years as your elected sheriff have I been more personally disappointed by a court’s ruling. I am deeply offended the term ‘deliberate indifference’ was applied to me and my decisions as they pertain to the operations of the Weld County Jail. I believe the entire jail staff should be commended for their diligence and dedication during one of the most trying times in recent memory,” Reams says in a statement responding to a U.S. District Court of Colorado ruling handed down May 11.
In that ruling, Philip A. Brimmer, the court’s chief judge, said that Reams had exhibited “deliberate indifference” by not taking those precautions. “Plaintiffs’ conditions of confinement violate the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution,” he said, then concluded that the sheriff’s “social distancing efforts with respect to medically vulnerable inmates has not been reasonable.”…read more
Published: May 19, 2020
By: Conor McCormick-Cavanagh, Westword.com