To The Daily Sun,
I first want to commend you for the article you printed in The Daily sun on the horrible conditions at the Belknap County Jail. I must have gone through a whole box of Kleenex while reading how these people who have smoked dope, sold drugs, invaded homes, stolen items and snatched purses from people in parking lots should have better living conditions. Maybe we should set them up with a situation like the Taylor Community, but first, before we spend $42 million plus hire 21 new staff members, please be honest with the taxpayers in the county and let them know just what the percentage of inmates will really be rehabilitated because we have all these educational programs for them — and we should be told what its going to cost to hire 21 new personnel. Also, what will all these new programs cost?
The conditions at Belknap seem to be a lot better than tent city in Arizona or the conditions our proud service troops endure in foreign lands. GOD BLESS THESE TROOPS, if it was not for them we would not be able to discuss these matters.
I personally am not against a better facility but please be honest with the taxpayers and let them know what they are really getting for all this money — and please don't throw out false numbers.
Thank you for letting us vent.