For the first time, Jim Foster saw yesterday with his own eyes the major criminal justice problems that face him when, on Monday, he transforms from mild-mannered alarm company owner to leader of Dallas County, reports the Dallas Morning News. Foster expressed concern over overcrowding and understaffing at the jail. What concerns him most is substandard medical facilities and the number of inmates with health problems. Foster said the county must create a health facility at the jail or a secure inmate-only facility at Parkland Memorial Hospital, where guard-supervised inmates are now intermingled with other patients.
Foster said the county could address many jail issues through a more efficient adjudication process. Most inmates are awaiting court proceedings and aren’t serving time on a sentence. “You’re going to see these people get to trial quicker,” he said.