Statement from Clay County Jailer Linda Smallwood regarding Work Release & Coronavirus

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Clay County Jailer Linda Smallwood

MANCHESTER, KY - On March 12, 2020 Clay County Jailer Linda Smallwood made following statement regarding the Clay County Detention Center Work Release Program and the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Kentucky Department of Corrections has advised jails to enact precautionary protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In a facility with over 300 inmates living in close proximity, an outbreak can be difficult to contain and treat.

It would be very irresponsible of us not to be proactive in protecting our inmate population and staff.

We have no known cases at CCDC, but in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus our facility is suspending all extra activities, work release, and visitation until further notice.

I realize that our work release program is a big asset to our county, but at this time I feel this is the best thing to do.

We house inmates from all over Kentucky. We do not have a screening process for visitors, which makes it difficult to allow visitation.  This is precautionary and temporary.

We have enhanced the cleaning procedure throughout the jail to be cautious. All intake will be closely monitored as recommended by the Department of Corrections. This will be effective immediately.

Source: Clay County Detention Center Work Release Program

NOTE: According to the Clay County Detention Center;  as of Friday morning April 10, 2020 there are still NO known coronavirus cases at the CCDC.


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