Matos and Buskirk, like former Executive John Stoffa, are both firm believer in rehabilitation. A prison population that was supposed to be over 1,200 in 2012, was just 725 yesterday.
Matos was repeatedly questioned by Glenn Geissinger yesterday, in an effort to get Matos to say there's no shortage of corrections officers. Corrections Officers' union President Tom Davis has complained, at two previous Council meetings, that Executive John Brown refuses to fill vacancies. This results in overtime, state Davis, who adds it forces tired officers to continue working. "Somebody is going to get hurt," he has warned.
"We're 17 officers short,' responded Matos, who added there should be 206 corrections officers. This corroborates what Davis has said.
Council members suggested closing off portions of the jail and doing what he can to eliminate the need for extra officers.
"I have closed off sections," answered Matos, who insists there should be 206 officers. "We're in conversations with [brown] about addressing staffing needs at the jail" Matos remarked.
"I'm not going to get the answer I want," complained Geissinger at one point.
I would hope that Geissinger would want to hear the truth.