One other important issue was discussed at Tuesday’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission – the “emergency” declared last December because of a report by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal isn’t quite as dire as first advertised.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO) Chief Deputy Jim Tuten told the group that the fire marshal gave the commission additional time to repair the most pressing problem, the jail doors.
Said Tuten, “Meeting with the fire marshal, he has given us time, because he realizes that you can’t snap your finger and fix all the problems that are there.” He added, “The detention center has taken steps that the fire marshal recommended in order to alleviate the immediate problem. And that was the problem of if there’s a fire, inmates being trapped in the facility – that was solved that day.”
Tuten also reported that the dishwasher issue was solved by leasing a machine, rather than purchasing one for over $40 thousand.