By STEVEN T. DENNIS
Washington County Commissioner James R. Wade said Wednesday a U.S. Justice Department report alleging constitutionally deficient conditions at the Washington County Detention Center was a sickening example of liberal bureaucrats protecting criminals, not taxpayers.
"I think they can go take a hike," Wade said.
"We're not running a country club or a health spa. We're running a jail," he said.
The nine page letter issued April 18 lists deficiencies in suicide prevention, medical care, opportunities for outdoor exercise, hygiene, sanitation in female housing, and access to courts and law books. The letter gives the county 49 days to address the deficiencies or risk a lawsuit.
"I think the average citizen doesn't really care about allegations like that...I think liberal justice officials who whine about wanting health care clinics and outside exercise for criminals are just completely out of touch with reality.