|Successful ICE jail inspection is completed|
Inspectors representing the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency visited the Wakulla County Jail from Wednesday, Nov. 14 to Friday, Nov. 16 to conduct the annual ICE inspection.
The inspection is a requirement to allow the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office to house federal ICE detainees in the jail. In exchange for the bed space, ICE provides Wakulla County with approximately $75 per day per detainee for bed rental. The ICE agreement has brought in millions of federal dollars to the Wakulla County budget over the years.
The inspection team reviewed 38 standards which included more than 800 components including the areas of security, safety, medical and administration. ICE inspects the entire jail even though the federal detainees occupy only one section of the facility.
Wakulla County houses between 100 and 105 male ICE detainees on average and no areas of concern were established by the inspectors. The entire detention staff is involved in the inspection which is similar to the accreditation inspection process. However, the accreditation inspection occurs every three years while ICE inspects the jail annually.
If the ICE inspectors are not satisfied with the inspection results the federal detainees can be removed from the WCSO Jail and housed in other facilities. Four jail operations in Florida have similar agreements with ICE. The counties are Wakulla, Baker, Glades and Monroe.
The jail bed revenue raised $3.2 million in fiscal year 2010-2011 and raised $2.8 million in 2011-2012.