Cuyahoga County administrators say improvements have reduced the time inmates are locked down in their cells at the county jail, where a U.S. Marshal's Service report last November said conditions were unsanitary, inhumane and unsafe.
The report said staff shortages routinely led to lockdowns exceeding 24 hours. County Executive Armond Budish says the county is recruiting more corrections officers, has increased pay, and wants to hire an outside food vendor. Other improvements including new stackable bunks to prevent inmates from sleeping on floors and ongoing maintenance and repairs like painting and cleaning of air vents. Jail operations are the subject of an FBI civil rights investigation. Two former wardens have been indicted. Several inmates have died at the lockup since last year.