The Nassau County Correctional Facility in East Meadow. (Oct. 27,...

The Nassau County Correctional Facility in East Meadow. (Oct. 27, 2010) Credit: Sean M. Gates

Newsday's litany of the violations at the Nassau County jail is an incredible exposure of mismanagement, which suggests how some of the 500 empty cells could be used ["Final warning for Nassau jail," News, March 24].

Jail counsel claims that state standards are inconsistent from jail to jail, but that, in no way excuses insect infestations, mold, filth and other deplorable conditions. Certainly, much higher standards are required than those jail counsel is defending.

How does this mess inspire rehabilitation in the inmates or the necessary high morale in correction officers and guards? And just how does management maintain its morale in the face of such inefficiency, or is there a trickle-down effect that taints the entire operation?

The state Commission of Correction needs to put some teeth in its effort to implement meaningful reform.

John F. McKeon