The Erie County Correctional Facility is among the five worst jails in the state, falling short in its obligation to report suicides and inmate assaults, among other issues.
A new report, released Wednesday by the state’s Commission of Correction, details deficiencies found at jails across New York.
Both the correctional facility and the Erie County Holding Center were evaluated by the commission, which noted several problems with incident reports filed by staff.
The Sheriff's Office says parts of the report, including questions about whether the facility provided adequate medical care for inmates, should be directed to the county mental health department, not jail staff.
The office says it works with COC to fix problems and that the report paints an unfair picture of the facilities.
The report disregards “all of the progress we made once we had the increase in funding,” said Scott Zylka, public information officer for the sheriff’s office. “We just think they were short sighted and didn’t look at the jail division holistically and just picked specific numbers.”
For example, he says the department changed procedures on reporting attempted suicides by inmates last year after it was cited by the commission.