Hampton Roads Regional Jail assistant superintendent to retire

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Lt. Col. Eugene Taylor, assistant superintendent at Hampton Roads Regional Jail, retired Monday.

Norfolk Sheriff and Interim Superintendent Bob McCabe said in his weekly media briefing that he talked to Taylor, and the two had agreed to his retirement.

“We met and I told him I thought it was in our best interest moving forward if he would submit his retirement papers and he agreed,” McCabe says. He would not say exactly say why he wanted Taylor to retire, but says “I was concerned with some of the processes and I think what we’re trying to do here is streamline it to where it becomes more efficient.”

This is the second weekly media briefing held by McCabe since he moved into the role earlier this month. In mid-October, officials said the media briefings would be held on a monthly basis from then on.

McCabe also talked about streamlined changes to the jail’s medical process. He says the way inmates request medical attention is different at HRRJ than the process at most other local jails. He also says that Correct Care Solutions, the medical staff contracted by the jail at the end of 2015, and which operates in many jails across the region, was not used to the process at HRRJ.

“We are no longer using the kiosks for inmates to put in their sick call requests. The sick calls will be handled with sick call slips made out in triplicate. To where they will be picked up by medical staff, only.” McCabe explained.

While inmates used to use a public computer kiosk to make all of their requests, including canteen and medical requests. Medical requests will now be filled out on paper and collected by a nurse.

On the old system, McCabe explained that a jail officer would receive all of the kiosk requests made by any inmate, requesting anything medical or otherwise. That officer would then have to dole out the tasks to the appropriate department.

“You can literally put in five to ten sick calls by one person. You’ve got to remember there’s somebody going through these and as they go through them they’ll review them and as soon as they review them, another 10 will pop up. It just didn’t seem to me the best way to put in for a sick call request.”

Inmates can now request a sick call slip. They will fill out their request and hand it directly to a nurse. No jail staff will be involved in the request process.

McCabe also says that CCS plans to change the way they dole out medications. Under the old leadership, CCS nurses had to open medication, place it in a paper cup and then deliver the cup to the inmate. McCabe says if an inmate refused medication, it had to be thrown away because it was already opened.

Nurses will now deliver medication in blister packs, and will only open the pack if the inmate does not refuse the medication.

McCabe says in the past fiscal year the jail went $500,000 over its pharmacy budget. Roughly $100,000 of that is due to wasted medication.

“There’s going to be more person to person, more face to face contact. Which i think is more practical for everybody,” McCabe says.

Officials released 14 hours of video showing the moments leading up to the death of Jamycheal Mitchell last week at McCabe’s first media briefing.