The Jackson County Commissioners reported on satisfactory conditions for inmates at the Jackson County Jail after performing an annual inspection, as part of their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2. As required by State Statute, Commissioners examined various parts of the facility that focused on prisoner’s health, cleanliness, and disciplinary environments. Commissioners were also supplied a list of inmates that included names, ages, and basis for incarceration.
Commissioners walked through the tower control center that monitors five separate living quarters, the inmate processing area, isolation pods, kitchen, nurses bay, visitation rooms, court rooms, and interview rooms. Commissioners Cary Carrell and Kirk Butler both stated that they didn’t see any issues in the jail.
District 1 County Commissioner, Marty Clinton, who worked as a Deputy in the former county jail for 5 years, said “This new facility (built 2004) is so much better with accommodations, security wise for the inmates and safety for the employees. I think it’s been a good investment for the county on liabilities from lawsuits that were pending before with the old jail facility. I think it’s a good facility and our sheriff is doing a good job keeping it up.”
Jackson County Sheriff Roger LeVick stated that in addition to the Commissioners inspection, the jail is often visited by the State Health Department to follow up on any written complaints about living conditions for inmates. The jail currently holds 102 inmates of it’s 172 bed capacity.
Also during the meeting, Commissioners approved minutes from the previous meeting, reports, officer reports, and purchase orders, and they approved supplemental appropriations for the month of August.
Commissioners also approved a Request for Proposals for lease of real property at 300 Todd Lane, the Jackson County Expo Center.
After approval of claims, the meeting adjourned.