Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 110823

File Number: 110823 File Type: Discussion Item Status: Add-on
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Public Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte
File Name: LEGAL RESEARCH SERVICES FOR INMATES Introduced: 4/11/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: Agenda Item Number:
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed

Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Public Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 4/12/2011 1E3 Presented
REPORT: Mr. Alan Stewart, 18820 Wentworth Drive, Hialeah, FL, CEO, Washington Executive Conduct, explained his organization dealt with Health and Human Service Access and Quality Assurance. He noted he was appearing on behalf of the over 6,000 inmates in Miami Dade County jails and expressed concern that the County's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Corrections Dept.) was not providing the inmate population with adequate access to address the courts or adequate legal research materials. He noted, the inmate population, through various programs, was the third largest source of revenue for the county’s Corrections Dept. and opined that the current vendor contracted by the Corrections Dept. was violating the terms of their contract by exhausting funds without providing the required legal research services they were contracted to provide to the inmates. Commissioner Jordan asked Mr. Stewart to contact her office to set up a meeting in order to further discuss the matter in detail. In response to an inquiry by Commissioner Edmonson regarding whether or not inmates were provided with the ability to conduct legal research, Mr. Timothy Ryan, Director, Correction’s Department, responded affirmatively and read a decision rendered by the Courts in 2008 that stated the county’s jail facilities were providing adequate legal services to the inmates. Commissioner Edmonson commented on a memo she received from Mr. Walter Clark, a retired Sergeant from the Corrections Dept., in which he informed the Commission about a disturbing BBC documentary that focused on the poor conditions in the county’s jail facilities and also on the recent death of two inmates on the ninth floor. She requested a copy of the BBC film be obtained for the Commissioner’s to view and expressed concern that they may be disturbed by what was filmed. Mr. Ryan confirmed there were two deaths on the ninth floor in the past month and commented on his department’s current efforts to address the inmate’s concerns.

County Manager 4/11/2011 Additions 4/12/2011

County Attorney 4/11/2011 Referred Public Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 4/12/2011

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