In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, the Sheriff of Orange County, and other local officials have been criticized for their opposition to the transfer of inmates to private prisons.
Many are now calling on Orange County to do away with its reliance on private prisons altogether.
The Sheriff’s Office has been criticized on social media for not using the proper methods to secure its own private prisons, and for failing to adequately secure them when they were used by other law enforcement agencies.
In an interview with Breitbart News, Orange County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said, “I think we’ve taken a big step forward when it comes to security and accountability in our jails.
It’s not perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction.
But I don’t know that we’re where we need to be in terms of putting in place a policy that is as good as we can be.”
Spurlock added that he was not opposed to private companies contracting out to police agencies for use of their facilities, but that the private prisons in his county were not properly secure.
“I would love to see all the private facilities in Orange County that are able to be secured,” he said.
“We need to do everything we can to be able to do it, but there’s so many other places that can be secured.
We need to make sure that our jails are secure and that our public safety officers are safe and secure, and that we have the best equipment, the most capable people on the street.”
While the Sheriff himself has criticized the county’s reliance on its private prisons for years, it was not until recently that he took the opportunity to voice his concerns.
“The private prison industry is making some progress.
The industry has made some improvements, but not enough,” he told Fox News.
“It’s important to realize that private prisons are not the answer to our prison crisis.
There are other solutions.”
On June 14, the Orange County Commission voted to increase the amount of money that would be provided to private prison companies that were not already providing their services to local law enforcement.
The Commission also authorized a new $10,000 grant to the Orange Sheriff’s Protective Services Fund, a new fund for “security enhancements” that will be directed to private security firms.
The fund is a separate entity from the Sheriff Department’s general fund, and will be paid out as a “permanent fund.”
It will fund security upgrades, as well as “any necessary improvements in facilities and services,” and will not be available for the Sheriff to use to help with staffing, equipment, or operations of local jails.
In order to help the county “keep pace with the private sector, [it] is now in the process of developing a contract with a contractor that will help with these functions,” the Commission wrote in its proposal.
The proposed contract will require the companies to meet certain security requirements, including securing their facilities from theft and other crimes.
It also requires the companies that provide security services to provide “adequate security” for inmates at the county jail.
“While we welcome the new agreement with Orange County Corrections and Safety Services to improve the security of our facilities and the public’s safety, we also need to continue to work to secure the jails in our county,” the commission said in its proposed contract.
In June, the Commissioner of the Orange State Office of Emergency Management and Public Safety, MaryAnn Babb, said that the county would be seeking to raise $20 million in additional funds in order to expand the Sheriff department’s capacity and staffing.
Babb told Breitbart News that her agency will also seek to expand staffing at the Orange Jail, as she told the Orlando Sentinel that the department will need to hire at least three new staff members to work on the facility.
“This is the first step,” Babb said.
She added that “We’re going to have to work really hard to keep up with demand for our jails, and we need every dollar we can get.”