"Stop the blame game and get on with a planned bi-partisan solution to the impending crisis. Start talking seriously about the future needs of the courts and the tax payers. Work together instead of griping about the past. Werner and Phillips and others see the need to work this out. Brown needs to bend also and stop pontificating and listen to the options. The jail is a pen stroke away from being declared a human rights violation of Federal law. Werner showing leadership skills the current executive has no idea about."
Primary voters gave Reibman his walking papers when he sought a third term.
Stoffa ran out of time.
Seyfried and Reibman were successful with prison expansions because they avoided politics, at least on that issue. Seyfried sought grants, so that taxpayers only paid about 1/4 of the cost. Reibman was less frugal, and though he did what had to be done, it cost us too much and he lost an election. Brackbill made the mistake of refusing to rule out privatization, which turned a jail expansion into a political hot potato Stoffa was the victim of a hostile council, though he made great strides in his last two years. Brown failed to even appear at Keen's presentation. His penchant for secrecy and politically ambitious council members could ruin any expansion before it gets off the ground. None of them has even mentioned the courts, which must be involved in this process. All alternatives to incarceration need to be fully explored, and for that, you need the courts. In short, we need governing, not politics. Governing means transparency, not secrecy. We need to know where it is and how much it will cost.