Both law enforcement and detention centers struggle annually to assure funds are accessible to purchase necessary equipment throughout the year to help day-to-day operations. Budgeting is extremely important, however, sometimes the money is just not there.
Logan County’s Jailer Phil Gregory, with the help of Cheryl Markham of Logan County’s Adult Learning Center, are looking into grant opportunities to supply both agencies with additional funding that will help the community in the end.
The Adult Learning Center has been a presence at the detention center for years. They bring in programs to help inmates earn their GEDs, as well as a plethora of other programs to help educate and inform those who will one day serve their time and become citizens on the outside.
“Phil has really opened up the doors of the detention center for us,” said Markham, who will be volunteering to search for grants free of charge.
Markham mentioned Tuesday at the Logan County Fiscal Court meeting, the jails were becoming overcrowded with those who are hooked on drugs, as well as those who suffer from mental illness.
“With the increase in drug abuse and the overcrowding in rehab centers and mental facilities, many people are finding themselves in jail,” Markham said. “We need more resources to help these individuals. There are many grants out there available that can help.”
Gregory would like to see the detention center increase in size. Markam would like to have a larger educational area at the jail to better serve the amount of people coming into the jail. She would also like additional storage, as well as improved cell areas for those coming off of drugs and those who suffer from mental problems.
Markham has also located grants that will pay for ammunition and tazers for law enforcement.
“Cheryl has been very helpful at the jail,” said Gregory.
Magistrate Barry Joe Wright made a motion at Tuesday’s meeting to allow Judge Executive Logan Chick to sign off on any grant applications that are submitted by Markham.
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