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Interim Cuyahoga County Jail Director to retire next month

Posted: 5:24 PM, Mar 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-15 17:24:39-04
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CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County Jail Interim Director George Taylor is retiring next month, according to a county representative.

Taylor is set to retire April 5. He announced his plans to retire last year.

Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department Captain Don Gerome will assume Taylor’s duties April 7, the representative said.

The jail and its administrators have been under constant scrutiny since the U.S. Marshals report came out in late November 2018.

The report described a horrid picture of what inmates inside the jail are forced to live in. According to the report, incarcerated individuals live day-to-day in an inhumane environment and have their very basic civil liberties withheld — sometimes as a form of punishment by staff.

In the wake of the report, the U.S. Marshals, who hold their federal inmates at the facility, pulled them out of the downtown jail.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said the jail review team found the Cuyahoga County Jail to be "one of the worst in the country."

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