Jail computer system soon due for upgrade

The JNET (Pennsylvania Justice Network) computer system will need to be replaced in the near future Warren County Jail Warden Ken Klakamp told the Warren County Prison Board during its meeting Tuesday morning.

The system will need to be replaced, according to Klakamp, because Microsoft is no longer supporting the software because of security concerns.

He explained that JNET is used for information exchange throughout the state and even for paperless communications within the jail, like criminal histories, medical needs and the transportation of inmates.

Deputy Warden Gregory Deivert said Mandy Smith, a nurse contracted through Seneca Home Health, cut the costs of diabetic care in the jail $600 a month by changing to Crone’s Pharmacy, and she did it on her own initiative.

He also reported that the jail’s inmate work crews performed 667 hours of community service in the county during January.

The projects were completed for the Warren County School District, the sheriff’s office, county probation, the commissioners, House of Hope, Winterfest, Russell Volunteer Fire Department, Paws Along the River and the courthouse.

“It’s a big help; I don’t think they could do Winterfest without them,” Deivert said.

Warren County Commissioner Chairman Stephen Vanco said he has received phone calls complimenting the crews and their work.

Klakamp noted that the average population of the jail in January was 130, ranging from a high of 135 to a low of 126. He said that 16 inmates were from Forest County, and Prison Board Chairman John Bortz asked what Forest County pays for incarcerating the inmates.

Klakamp said, “Fifty-five dollars a day, since (January first).”

Prior to this year, the rate was $40 per day.

The board voted to pay $18,975 in bills, mostly utilities, according to Toby Rohlin, county fiscal director.