WENATCHEE, WA.- Chelan County Commissioners say the County’s Regional Justice Center is being reorganized to address increasing security concerns. Last week Interim jail director, Bill Larsen presented the board with a proposal to increase and restructure staffing as well as to add more surveillance cameras and upgrade existing jail cell doors. The request follows grievances by jail staff concerning dangerous working conditions. NCWLIFE sat down with the Commissioners this week to discuss the proposed changes and why they’re necessary . . .
The Chelan County Regional Justice Center is a 383-bed correctional facility that was originally built to hold half that number. Commissioners say there’s also a larger percentage of the jail’s inmates who are being held on felony charges than in years past making for a more dangerous environment for jail staff.