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Polk County Leaders Approve Move to Add Jail Staffers, Separate Dangerous Inmates

DES MOINES, Iowa — Metro communities in Polk County continue to grow rapidly, but county leaders are concerned over the growth in a particular area: the jail.

“Unfortunately we don’t have the option to put up a no vacancy sign.  Inmates keep coming and we have to make arrangements to take care of them,” said Polk County Sheriff Kevin Schneider as he addressed the Polk County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

To help the Polk County Jail keep up, the Polk County Board of Supervisors approved $1.1 million to hire 15 additional staffers.  This will allow the jail to open up an existing wing with 32 beds to separate disruptive inmates unfit for the general prison population.  Polk County Supervisor Angela Connolly said, “Let`s face it there are a lot more violent crimes happening in our community and we have to isolate those folks and that is what this 32 bed facility will do.  It will put them in the isolation area so it will not only protect folks in the jail but it will protect our staff.”

The jail status report from Monday showed an inmate population of 1,162 and Schneider says it has been been wearing his overworked staff thin.  “We definitely have put a lot of overtime in and had folks putting in OT because of staff shortages.  A lot of people go into that business and they find out it is not for them.  It`s a tough job and I admire the people that do it,” said Schneider.

The vote allows some breathing room for the jail to house more inmates, but Schneider said that isn’t the end goal.  “Even though we still have an incarceration rate that keeps growing, we also are looking at many different diversion programs to try and get folks that should be out of jail, out of jail and on the right path,” he said.  Supervisor Tom Hockensmith agrees.  He said, “Remember, it costs millions to incarcerate folks and hold them in our prisons that suffer from mental illness and drug addiction.”

It’s a unanimous vote that gives Sheriff Schneider confidence in the jail’s ability to protect and serve on many levels.  He said, “It`s a big investment, but we have an obligation to the citizens of Polk County and the inmates to try and run a safe facility.”

Schneider says they will hire the 15 staffers as soon as possible. A number of the applicants are currently in the testing stage.

More Polk County Jail Staff Approved by County Supervisors

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — The Polk County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday morning to hire 15 new staff members for the Polk County Jail.

The new hires will oversee a new 32-bed unit for inmates who can’t be in the general population.

On average, the Polk County Jail houses more than 1,100 inmates each day.

The additional staff will cost the county $1.1 million, but the sheriff says it’s necessary to ensure the safety of inmates and staff as well as address crime in the community.

“It’s been a long time coming, it’s a lot of money, it’s a big investment, but we have an obligation to the citizens of Polk County, the employees, and the inmates to try and run a safe facility. And without having those extra 15 positions it makes it a lot more difficult to do that,” says Sheriff Kevin Schneider.

Schneider went on to add he was very pleased the board understood the necessity of additional staff.

Police Arrest Polk County Inmate Who Escaped Using Another Inmate’s ID

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Polk County Jail inmate who escaped using another inmate’s identification bracelet is back in custody.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 27-year-old Rodney Moore in the 1800 block of Grand Avenue just before 10 a.m. Sunday.

Moore was in jail for driving while barred and reckless driving charges when he switched bracelets with 25-year-old Zakary Titus.

Titus was scheduled to be released Friday morning. Both men now face additional charges.

Polk County Inmate Escapes Jail by Using Another Inmate’s ID

POLK COUNTY, Iowa  —  Authorities are looking for a man who reportedly escaped from the Polk County Jail early this morning by using another inmate’s ID.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office reports that 27-year-old Rodney Moore used another inmates identification bracelet to escape from the jail around 1:45am on Friday.  Moore was in jail on Driving While Barred and Reckless Driving charges.  He is now being charged with escape.