Contraband problem leads to new fence in Jefferson County
JEFFERSON COUNTY (KATV) —
A new fence has been put up around the back side of the W.C. "Dub" Detention Center in Jefferson County.
Back in July, a riot caused an estimated $20,000 in damage to a jail pod. Authorities said inmates revolted because their privileges were taken away. Those freedoms were removed due to an ongoing contraband problem.
So now, a new 300 foot, $8,700 fence is going up around the adult detention center in Jefferson County.
"The big reason for the fence is not to keep prisoners in, but to keep contraband out," said Chief Deputy Sheriff and Jail Administrator Greg Bolin.
Chief Bolin said in the past six months, it's not uncommon to find contraband thrown over the wall of an outdoor area at the jail. He said they mostly see cigarettes, cell phones, and marijuana.
Before, the public could walk right up to the walls of an outdoor area of the jail and throw over contraband or push small items through the cracks in the walls.
Metal panels were bolted into the walls to prevent any small item from coming in or out.
"Hopefully this will slow it down, it's a pretty good amount of tax payer money spent on it," said Bolin.
Bolin said he's found contraband packages with the name of officers on it. Inside would be the usual items and money for that officer.
"We've fired some officers for doing it; we've actually terminated some officers and prosecuted them," said Bolin.
Bolin said he's had to terminate at least three officers for accepting illegal contraband.
The fence is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.