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File #: 22-4462    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Contract - Award Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 7/20/2022 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 8/2/2022 Final action: 8/2/2022
Title: Request for approval of an award on the basis of best proposal meeting requirements and that the County Judge execute an agreement with Detain, Inc. for review of jail operations for Harris County for the period of August 2, 2022 - December 1, 2022 or through the full performance of the review (220067), MWDBE Contracted Goal: 0% - Specialized, Technical, or Unique in Nature.
Attachments: 1. 22-4462 Award No. 220067 Detain, Inc -No sig
Department: Purchasing
Department Head/Elected Official: DeWight Dopslauf

Regular or Supplemental RCA: Regular RCA

Type of Request: Contract - Award

Project ID (if applicable): 220067
Vendor/Entity Legal Name (if applicable): Detain, Inc.

MWDBE Contracted Goal (if applicable): 0%
MWDBE Current Participation (if applicable): N/A
Justification for 0% MWDBE Participation Goal: 0% - Specialized, Technical, or Unique in Nature

Request Summary (Agenda Caption):
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Request for approval of an award on the basis of best proposal meeting requirements and that the County Judge execute an agreement with Detain, Inc. for review of jail operations for Harris County for the period of August 2, 2022 - December 1, 2022 or through the full performance of the review (220067), MWDBE Contracted Goal: 0% - Specialized, Technical, or Unique in Nature.
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Background and Discussion:
The Harris County Jail faces urgent and significant challenges regarding safety for staff and inmates, staffing shortages, overtime spending, and poor jail conditions. While action was taken to address immediate concerns, many problems are longstanding and require further evaluation and investments.

A workgroup facilitated by OMB and involving leadership from the Jail, as well as policy advisors and subject matter experts from the Justice Administration Department, County Judge's Office, and County Commissioners' offices, developed the scope of work for this effort in the first quarter of 2022. The emphasis was placed on identifying consultants with Texas jail expertise who could rapidly assess our current environment and then make practical recommendations that can be implemented (while identifying long-term and foundational issues for consideration).

Expected Impact:

The aim of this project is to conduct a deep review of jail operations focusing on safety and staffing issues, along with scanning for and exploring issues and ancillary organizations that drive jail performance, costs, and ...

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