Escambia County Jail

County makes offer for jail site

July 15, 2016

by Duwayne Escobedo… After more than two years of haggling about where to rebuild a jail destroyed by flooding in April 2014, the five-member Escambia County Commission finally unanimously picked out a site. Escambia County commissioners…


Escambia Main Jail capacity 812, not 1,400

January 20, 2016

When the daily newspaper writes about the deaths in the Escambia County Jail, the reporters quote Margaret Noonan, a statistician for the Bureau of Justice Statistics: “Once you get over 1,500, the likelihood of having multiple…


Another jail death

January 16, 2016

This morning I received a phone call regarding another death in the jail infirmary. Alfred Wesley,63, was found unresponsive in by infirmary staff during an hourly welfare check. Corrections officers and medical staff immediately began CPR,…


Palmer explains NAIOP position and responds to Underhill

December 15, 2015

Yesterday, attorney Raymond Palmer, the legislative affairs chair for the Northwest Florida chapter of NAIOP, came on News Talk 1370 WCOA’s “Pensacola Speaks” to talk about his group’s recommendation that the Escambia Board of County Commissioners…


Commissioner responds to NAIOP

December 15, 2015

Over the weekend, NAIOP, the association of developers and commercial real estate brokers, sent a white paper to the Escambia Board of County Commissioners asking that the board reconsider its decision to build a new jail…


NAIOP argues for Superfund site for new jail

December 14, 2015

The Northwest Florida Chapter of NAIOP, a commercial real estate development association, sent a strongly worded “white paper” to city and county officials stating the Escambia County Commission would “squander tens of millions of tax dollars”…


Commissioners tackle jail medical

December 10, 2015

The Escambia County Board of Commissioners this morning discussed the rash of deaths in the county jail. Inweekly and this blog were brought up several times in the discussion. County Administrator Jack Brown presented two alternatives…

Jail News

County Corrections Director fired

December 4, 2015

County Administrator Jack Brown has fired his Director of Corrections, Mike Tidwell. Starting today, jail command, community corrections and road prison staff will report directly to Assistant County Administrator Chip Simmons until the search for a…