speaks on jailer misconduct
...Posted: 6:45 AM- ST. GEORGE - Gary DeLand, the controversial former state Corrections chief hired to review Purgatory Correctional Facility policies that he helped draft 10 years ago, says sexual misconduct is one of the two most common reasons for suspending a peace officer's license. DeLand
is conducting an audit of the jail in the wake of a sex scandal in which five Washington County
sheriff's deputies have resigned and two have pleaded guilty to custodial sexual relations. "All I ask is that you let all the facts come in, be it about Purgatory or anything else you hear about, because it's too easy to grab onto a tag line or a sound bite and assume the worst," DeLand
told a St. George Chamber of Commerce luncheon. "The problem is that we take the miscreants from all over the state of Utah - the manipulators who challenge society, steal and lie - and then we put them all together in one location and then we have an underpaid group of people come and watch them," said DeLand, executive director of the Utah Sheriffs Association and a prison consultant.
"Nothing that happened at Purgatory was that much different from what happened in corrections and in law enforcement in general," he
said, adding that "In business,
...DeLand was executive director of the Utah Department of Corrections from 1985 to 1992.His
tenure was marked by questions about his
management style and accusations that he
violated prisoner rights by limiting access to medical and mental health.