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October 24, 2013

County jail warden addresses criticisms


SAEGERTOWN — Inmate Sharene Matthews

Again, Pennsylvania State Police not called because of the nature of the incident. This was an incident to where Ms. Matthews antagonized, provoked, and approached the other inmate into an altercation. One could allege that maybe someone told Ms. Matthews the same information concerning getting into an altercation and then they could get her out of jail. At any rate I quote from the official record of “in-house” charges; “INMATE MATTHEWS PURSUED THIS LINE OF TAUNTING AND MADE NO ATTEMPT TO EVADE INMATE WOLF’S PRESENCE.” End quote.

Inmate Chris Roydes

Yes, you’re correct. Pennsylvania State Police was called from this institution to have them do an investigation. However, once they are on scene it becomes their incident. One thing that you need to take into consideration Mr. Byrd. There’s a lot of information gathered and looked at that the general public doesn’t know about to make these troopers make the decisions they do, not to file charges. I also want it to be known that on each incident Pennsylvania State Police is called in for, I respect their decision, whatever it may be, because I know for a fact each trooper does a thorough investigation to reach the decision he or she has made.

Inmate Greg Brown

Possible litigation — No Comment

Title 37; Chapter 95.242

We are meeting or exceeding what is expected according to the law.

Editor’s note: Warden Lewis is referring to the 100 percent scores on the two-year jail inspections of the county jail from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

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