Sheriff to speak
Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis Jr. wants the public to know his views on “jail overcrowding” – but he won’t discuss them until the Friday morning press conference.
Leis’ office issued a press release this morning announcing the 10 a.m. press conference. It notes the Sheriff will talk about jail overcrowding and “other matters currently impacting our community.”
But when The Enquirer called the Sheriff’s Office to ask about specifics of the press conference, Leis spokesman Steve Barnett said he wouldn’t talk about it.
He also said Leis was out of the office and unavailable for comment.Leis has been insisting that Hamilton County needs a new 1,800-bed jail to prevent early releases and overcrowding.
There are four public hearings set between Aug. 7-Aug. 24 to discuss how to fund the $225 million a new jail could cost.