Shiprock, Window Rock jails to partially close
The Navajo Nation’s Shiprock and Window Rock detention facilities will be partially closed because of environmental and structural concerns, Department of Corrections Director Delores Greyeyes told the Law and Order Committee Monday.
After Indian Heath Services inspected the facilities they told Greyeyes what she has known all along: that the buildings they are occupying are not safe for clients, her staff, visitors, or herself.
“These buildings were built in the late 1950s, close to 1960, and so much of them have really deteriorated, “said Greyeyes.
Greyeyes, who has been in charge of the corrections department for the past 16 years, said based on a consent decree, which was set into place in 1992, the facilities have continuously failed inspection.
She described exhaust issues in the kitchen, metal beds with sharp edges, bad plumbing, inoperable HVAC systems, cracks in the walls, leaky roofs, discolored carpet, and an overall unpleasant odor that is hard to ignore. The smell has Greyeyes leaving her office multiple times a day just to get fresh air.
“Every report, there was a finding,” said Greyeyes. “I haven’t had one report that does not have findings and it really is structural issues. We have never had a good inspection.”