On Tuesday a group of county commissioners and media members gathered at the Campbell County Jail to learn more about the facility. Captain Stoney Love, the jail administrator, started the evening off with the raw numbers of the jail. The Campbell County Jail houses 360 inmates at this time, 261 of these inmates are male and 99 are female. Of these inmates 132 of the males and 40 of the females are state inmates.
After Captain Love delivered these numbers Sheriff Robbie Goins and Lieutenant Mallory Campbell joined in the discussion. Campbell spoke of the cleaning procedures that the jail is in a near constant state of.The bedding and inmate uniforms are cleaned at least twice weekly by trustees in the facilities massive laundry chamber. The inmates also clean their pods on a regular basis. All of the cleaning is logged as is required so that the facility can maintain its state certification.
When asked about medical care by commissioner Scott Kitts both Sheriff Goins and Lieutenant Campbell explained the jail’s medical procedure. According to the pair the jail has a nursing staff that dispenses prescribed medication and correctional officers aren’t allowed to touch the aforementioned medications. They also explained that the facility was a no narcotic facility and that no inmate had access to them. Lieutenant Campbell did point out the one exception to that rule. Pregnant prisoners are allowed methadone for the safety of their fetus as withdrawls can be detrimental to a pregnancy.
Another round of numbers was then presented to the audience. The county, through both the sheriff’s department and municipal police departments, averages 75 arrests per week. In the timespan from January 1st 2019 to the evening of the meeting 2,308 people have been booked into the county jail and another 2,200 had been released following processing. Sheriff Goins pointed out that most of the crime was drug related in one way or another. Commissioner Lisa Lester asked what sort of programs were out there to help the inmates struggling with addiction. Sheriff Goins told her that Celebrate Recovery was very active in the jail as were several other ministries. He also added that there had been 61 Baptisms this year so far.
After the question and answer session a touor was given of the facility. Lieutenant Campbell led the tour. The first stop was the processing area. This is where everyone who is arrested is brought. There was an area for searches, a mugshot area, and the drunk tank area. It is also where things such as family visits are booked and regulated. The tour proceeded to the women’s facility. The group was led to the control tower, where all of the cells can be monitored at once. Each cell had a TV, phones, a screen where the inmate can remotely visit a family via video, and a screen where they can order from the commissary. There is also a recreation area where the inmates get their fresh air, sunlight, and exercise as mandated by state regulations. A brief Stop by the jail’s library, where inmates can check out books and where any inmate that requests a Bible can be given one.
The tour then proceeded into the newest addition to the facility. The first stop was by the cafeteria area. This is operated by a duty officer and trustees. It is where all inmate meals are prepped. While many jails by prepackaged meals and just microwave them Campbell County prepares them fresh. This saves the county a great deal of money in the long term. Sheriff Goins also pointed out that certain holidays, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving, had a special meal prepared. The tour then moved to the aforementioned laundry facility where the workings were shown to the group.
Finally the touor moved into the men’s facility. The pods there are segregated into a variety of categories. some pods are based on security level (low, medium, and high). Another is the medical pod where inmates with certain conditions are kept. Yet another is for sex offenders as they can not be put in general population for safety’s sake. There is also apod for state prisoners that are awaiting transport to state level penitentiaries. Lieutenant Campbell also pointed out the the facility had an elevator that led to courthouse holding cells so that inmates do not have to be taken outside the facility for their court dates. Finally the tour moved into the control tower for the men’s side. It was similar to the one on the women’s side and granted both physical and remote camera views of the pods.