Concerns over current state of Department of Corrections
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Questions for the county's Director of Corrections after a security breach and an embarrassing parking problem.
The current state of Miami-Dade's Corrections and Rehabilitation has not satisfied Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman. "I am frustrated over things that I know, and I feel can be better and I am saddened, absolutely saddened by the turn of events of late," Heyman said.
Concerns have arose over inmate health, overcrowding and deplorable correction center conditions at the top of Heyman's list.
The department is currently running on a $299 million budget this fiscal year.
Before the new county budget is finalized in October, Heyman plans to reevaluate. "Reapply the money properly to the people who need to be there and you will resource capital improvements. You will have legitimate roading control," Heyman said.
Miami-Dade Department of Corrections Director Tim Ryan was present during Wednesday's hearing. "I have had the privilege of leading the department for the last six and a half years and as such, recognize my responsibility for where the department is today," Ryan said.
In light of recent rat problems, mold and sewer leaks at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, Heyman has called for a management watch, a path for department oversight.
Such watch and moves bringing to question Ryan's confidence after Wednesday's hearing. "I think what the commissioner indicated was that we are always looking for a better way to do business and anything that will help us in doing that, we look forward to achieving it," Ryan said.
Other incidents the department has faced involved a 7News investigation that uncovered DOC workers parking in handicapped spots, designated for the disabled at the Dade County Jail.
"I was embarrassed by it," Ryan said. "I mean as professionals wearing this uniform, we should never have done anything like that whatsoever."
Video first reported by the Miami Herald showed doors at TGK opening and inmates seen going after a single inmate with weapons. The inmate jumped from a second floor to escape. The state said a computer glitch was to blame.
"I'm not demanding perfection," Heyman said. "I'm seeking better."
Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Director Ryan are expected to sit and discuss potential changes for the future for the department.
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