Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Jason Dugle of Deltec, Inc

Deltec is a third generation company which started in 1973 by Jason's grandfather who was an aviator. They moved to their current location in 1981 and was the first business in the Clermont County Airport Office Park. People are why they are able to do what they do. Nearly 60% of their workforce has been there 10 years or more.

When you go to their website, you will notice their triangle logo which has significant meaning. Many of their company values can be expressed in “threes”. For example: Quality, Honesty and Integrity...People, Processes, Equipment...Character, Competence and Commitment...and so on.

From their website...
Deltec Inc. supplies custom parts manufacturing services to businesses both large and small in the greater Cincinnati area. They offer manufacturing solutions for component part requirements. Their specialty is stainless steel fabricated parts that require the integration of a variety of manufacturing disciplines. A typical quantity is about 10 parts per order. They have an active part list of over 10,000 different part numbers, for over 100 companies.

Next week we will hear from Shauna Dunn of “A Caring Place Pregnancy Center”.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from Sheriff A.J. "Tim"Rodenberg.

The Sheriff began by saying that most of the issue he sees in the jails relates to mental health or substance abuse. Sadly, many of these are teenagers and young adults. One of the more prevalent problems is “Road Rage”. He proposed a huge dent could be made in the jail population if we could find ways to reduce these mental health and substance abuse issues. Unfortunately, the jails are not setup to be treatment facilities but rather punitive facilities.

Inmates are not able to get the care they need for several reasons. First, these are issues which may have been occurring for their entire lives. Second, inmates only stay 60-90 days which is not enough time to get them the help they need. However, over 50% of our inmates become repeat offenders. Thirdly, the living conditions are not conducive to getting help. Most days an inmate is locked up in a cell no larger than a bathroom or warehoused in a common area. There are very few programs offered due to minimal funding. Additionally, other dangerous issues exist such as 30% of inmates having Hepatitis C.

There are over 60 women in the jail and several do not have beds assigned to them. Many of these women are in jail because of abusing substances such as heroine. One woman, under 30 years old, has been losing her mind due to being locked up in a very stark, concrete-walled jail cell while going through withdrawals. She screams out and hurts herself and unfortunately she is two months pregnant.

Judges are requesting more jail space and that is probably needed. There are options being explored such as renting jail beds in other counties. To be honest, not all of our space is being used to the best of our abilities. For example, there are people in jail for very insignificant offenses. Renting beds is slightly cheaper than hiring more employees, however, staffing is really a better, longer-term solution. Most of the solutions boil down to funding and priorities.

Next week we will hear from Jason Dugle of Deltec.