Physical conditions in two Miami jail facilities are ”beyond repair,” security procedures are woefully lax, and officer training is inadequate, according to sweeping reviews of the Miami-Dade County’s corrections system obtained by the Miami Herald. The preliminary reports by the county fire and police departments, requested after of two high-profile inmate escapes, paint a bleak picture of a jail system burdened by underfunding and decades of increased inmate population. One report recommends replacement of the 47-year-old Pre-Trial Detention Center, and the 53-year-old Training and Treatment Center, usually called The Stockade.
The reports offer an in-depth view of persistent problems in the nation’s sixth-largest jail system, which houses about 7,000 inmates in six facilities and one community corrections center. One report suggests that many dangerous inmates housed in general-population cells be reevaluated and possibly sent to segregated cells. Investigators stressed that more jail space is needed for such inmates. The jail system has fewer than 400 designated slots for the mentally ill — yet 1,000, or 15 percent of the inmate population, take daily psychiatric medication.