Russ Gilkison

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The Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail still has more out-of-compliance inmates compared to what it normally has, the Personnel & Finance Committee of the Authority Board discussed at a recent meeting.

Out-of-compliance inmates are those who are convicted locally and sentenced to serve time in the state prison system. The member jurisdictions cover the additional costs to house these prisoners until the state takes them into custody. The state does reimburse the local jail for holding these prisoners, but it does not cover the entire cost, Jail Superintendent Russell Gilkison has said.

About 45 inmates are out of compliance, which is about double what the jail has seen at this time of year, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gilkison said. The state did recently take about six to 10 out-of-compliance inmates, Gilkison said.

The issue was previously discussed at a full Authority Board meeting in November, with the same out-of-compliance inmate numbers. At that time, the Department of Corrections had not taken custody of an inmate from the jail since mid-March 2020.

The matter was shared among other jails across the state, Gilkison told the board then. The state had said it is not taking the prisoners due to the pandemic, Gilkison also said then.

On Thursday, Gilkison shared RSW Jail's average daily population for March consisted of 19 inmates from Rappahannock County, 126 inmates from Shenandoah County and 170 inmates from Warren County. An additional 39 inmates were from Page County and 90  were from Culpeper County.

About $63,000 from Page County and $98,000 from Culpeper County were generated in March from renting beds to those counties, Finance Manager Stephanie Smith told the committee. About $1.2 million in revenue has been generated from the bed rentals this year so far, Smith said.

Smith also reported $200,000 has been moved to the jail's Capital Reserve Account from surplus funds that resulted, in part from the bed rental revenue, bringing it to about $683,000. The member counties should have received the credit checks they are due from the remaining surplus funds, Smith said. Those credit checks were in the amounts of about $813,000 for Warren County, about $174,000 for Shenandoah County and about $54,000 for Rappahannock County.

Gilkison also reported there are no COVID-19 cases at the jail, work release programs are ongoing and that the jail has 42 officer vacancies, 12 of which are intentionally being held for savings. 

After about eight minutes of discussion during the meeting, the committee concluded it by going into a closed session to discuss the evaluation of Gilkison as jail superintendent. The public meeting reconvened with no action after the closed session, Evan Vass, Shenandoah County administrator and committee chairman states by email.

The Authority Board’s $6.8 million budget proposal for fiscal year 2022 has not been approved yet. It represents about a 10% decrease in contributions from the member counties, due in part to the bed rental revenue, increased funding from the state and holding 15 officer vacancies for savings. This year’s budget is about $7.6 million.

The full authority board is scheduled to meet next at 1:30 p.m. May 27.

Contact Charles Paullin at cpaullin@nvdaily.com