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Richmond County Sheriff says jail is in ‘crisis’



Conditions in the Charles B. Webster Detention Center are so bad, Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree attended the Feb. 7 Augusta Commission meeting to ask for $486,872.90 in emergency funding to address the crisis.

“We are in an emergency situation,” Roundtree said.

According to Roundt...

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  1. Another county facility operated by personnel who have no experience in capital facility management, maintenance, and budgeting. Just build it and forget it. Spend money on uninspired public artwork, travel for commissioners, and anything Hardie Davis wanted. Our next administrator must have that knowledge and experience or replace several department managers with people who do. 50% of the county-owned ambulances are out-of-service. The Boat House is condemned. Repairs needed for street lights, Riverwalk, The Aquatic Center, storm water system, unusable street sweepers and wrecked fire trucks, and now we even have northern-style potholes in the streets.

    • Shhh! The Masters is right around the corner. We don’t want our visitors to know how bad this city is really run. All they need to see is “how pretty” everything in their golf corridor is and “how well run the golf tournament is”!

    • Well, I was there at the meeting on Tuesday. The detention center HAS been working with Central Services for many years, trying to keep their old stuff running. The new Administrator, or whoever is responsible for the SPLOST Fund spending breakdown needs to do a better job listening to Department Heads, instead of Commissioners. Also of note, the detention center is over capacity, since there are so many misunderstood ARC criminals getting themselves arrested. The nerve. The scariest thing about the “discussion” was the fact that the acting Administrator already knew where to get the funds — a fund that at least one Commissioner “did not know about”. Potentially another point of pillage…

  2. Todd Antonacci next Administration then you don’t think the Johnson Administration can get the job done, then perhaps we should start the recall Johnson campaign for July 3 now? One of the problem with Augusta Richmond County Georgia is that we have a New York City appetite with a Augusta Richmond County Georgia budget. Sure Augusta Richmond County have mismanagement waste Fraud and Abuse like any any other city outside

  3. While I have no issue giving the sheriffs office funds to maintain the jail… I am beyond disappointed that he waited until crisis mode to take care of this. ARC must realize that before you can go after all of the glamorous projects you have to make sure all of the bones are good within the cities infrastructure.

  4. If we cannot properly house the inmates with Temperpedic bedding, 3 hot square meals a day, 4K TV sets in each room, Playstation 5 video game sets, High class exercise equipment, and Smartphones then we need to release them on their own cognizance. I’m sure they’ll come back when we can fix up the slammer.

  5. The jail downtown at 401 walton way should have lasted fifty years , but the city had to award the bid to a substandard contractor who by the way is still laughing. Webster detention center should have never been needed. A million dollars was spent on a foundation to expand the jail downtown , but then it was decided not to expand. That million dollar foundation became one of the highest priced parking lots of all time. That jail was built with no floor drains in the upper floors for a building using a chiller system that circulates water. The building opened and immediately flooded 911 in the basement. Then 911 had to have a building. The leaking water had nowhere to go except down the elevator shafts. Have we forgotten about the parking deck at the tee center that the city built on someone else’s land? The golf and gardens was supposed to be endowed forever until all the money mysteriously disappeared . We do have a thirteen million dollar bridge downtown to be proud of. Not.

  6. Good comments above. City cannot or will not take care of anything built. And yet they are looking for the next shiny object to erect. Half of having anything is taking care of it and that has never registered with city/county leaders.

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