BCSO responds to lawsuit over conditions at jail after Hurricane Michael

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (PRESS RELEASE) - The Bay County Sheriff's Office has been made aware of a pending lawsuit against the BCSO alleging conditions at the Bay County Jail after Hurricane Michael were not acceptable for the inmates housed there. Sheriff Tommy Ford has issued this statement concerning the pending litigation:

"Hurricane Michael certainly presented unprecedented challenges to our community, and the Bay County Jail was no exception. We have recently learned that a Tallahassee attorney is exploring a lawsuit concerning conditions at the Bay County Jail following the hurricane. Let me say that I am very proud of the men and women who work at the Bay County Jail, and the way that they have handled these challenges. They and their families sacrificed their own needs to care for the inmates at the Bay County Jail. The inmates at the jail had better living conditions than the vast majority of Bay County residents.

"Although there were days that were not comfortable, all care, custody, and control needs were met. It's disappointing that in a time such as this that there are those that would attempt to profit from this community's tragedy. I look forward to the day Bay County citizens, having suffered through the hardships of the storm themselves, examine the conditions of the jail following the storm and the lengths staff took to keep the inmates safe and to ensure their needs were met. Due to pending litigation, our ability to comment further on this matter will be limited."

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