County jails suspend visitation effective immediately due to coronavirus concerns

Baxter County to suspend effective March 16

County jails suspend visitation effective immediately due to coronavirus concerns
The Craighead County jail will be suspending its visitation and volunteer services effective immediately as a precaution in dealing with the coronavirus. (Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The Craighead County jail will be suspending its visitation and volunteer services effective immediately as a precaution in dealing with the coronavirus.

According to Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd, the decision is being done to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the issue.

Boyd said the suspension is being done on a day-to-day basis. However, he said he did not know how long the suspension could last but may last as long as two weeks.

The jail has also increased its cleaning times, with three shifts working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to clean and disinfect the jail. Boyd said officials already work to keep the jail clean on a daily basis.

Also, the jail has in-house nurses and a doctor that goes to the jail once a week available to help inmates, jailers, staff or deputies who become sick with the virus.

BAXTER COUNTY

Baxter County authorities also temporarily suspended visitation for jail inmates as a precautionary measure, effective March 16.

According to a media release from Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, the department will not allow visitation with jail inmates, clergy visits, church services or rehabilitation services.

However, attorneys are strongly encouraged to use video means to contact clients if possible.

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook also said Thursday that there will be no visiting inmates at the jail in Luxora until further notice.

Typically, the jail is open to visiting hours on Saturdays and Sundays, Cook said.

WOODRUFF COUNTY

On Friday, the Woodruff County Sheriff’s Office announced that the detention/communication center will not be available to the general public effective immediately.

“All jail visitations have been suspended and the general public cannot walk into our facility. We also increased our cleaning procedures within our facility,” Woodruff County Sheriff/Collector Phil Reynolds said in a news release.

Reynolds said his office has been working with state officials on the coronavirus issue and that while the county has not seen any reported cases, they could not disregard the current situation.

Officials said if there is a problem, people can call 870-347-2583 for non-emergencies.

Region 8 News will have more information as it becomes available.

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