MCCF FULLY OPERATIONAL
MCCF is 24 days into operation and is fully staffed. There have been no major incidents. Volunteer, religious and educational programs are beginning slowly.
Visiting hours are 9 am to 11 am, 1 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm, but are structured for the housing units on certain days (no visiting on Wednesday). The procedure for visiting an inmate is to come on the appropriate visiting day, have proper identification, and be screened by the Visiting Officer. Each visit is for thirty minutes and each inmate can have two visits per week.
MCCF is getting generally high marks from the public concerning our procedures, as well as positive comments about our visiting area. The Health and Human Resources information display in the lobby is getting positive remarks.
It was reported that the transit bus (Route 75) has been receiving quite a bit of use. Bus route cards are handed out to the population so the inmates can give the information to their families.
Corrections gave their budget presentation on April 7 before the Council. They had no issue with our budget or revenue plan, but wanted time to study it. There were no decisions or votes at that time. The next meeting with the Council will be April 23.
Steve commented on the budget deficit and the Corrections revenue plan (DOCR Revenue Initiatives for FY04 - Federal Inmates). He has spoken to many community members who have voiced concerns about housing Federal inmates and any negative impact it would have on the Clarksburg community. Steve is a representative of the community and feels led to give them an explanation. It was noted that people outside of the issue have a different perspective than people inside the issue, and it is unreasonable to think that all community members would attend our meetings. The duties of this committee as liaison are not to defend, but to communicate the entire picture to the community about their concerns. Steve stated that the budget deficit is a reality and it would be fiscally irresponsible not to consider housing Federal inmates. We have to step past what the community's expectations were.
It was suggested that Rob could speak to the community about their concerns. Rob stated that it is very important to communicate with the public and we owe it to the community to inform them of all the facts concerning Federal inmates. The department has always been proactive with the community and will continue to be proactive with this issue. Rob and Art will speak to any committee, church group, or organization that is suggested, as well as conduct tours as needed. Terry stated that he would do his part in relaying the facts concerning this issue to the community.
Some of the community outreach groups that Rob has spoken to were the Rocky Hill Middle School for the Career Day and the Clarksburg Elementary School PTA. Steve asked that Rob and Art attend the regular Clarksburg Civic Association meetings (every fourth Monday of the month).
The next meeting will be May 20, 2003
at MCCF, in the Warden's Conference Room (second floor)