Forum set for residents to discuss jail


By Jennifer Woods - jwoods@aimmediamidwest.com



During the tour of the Fayette County jail on Saturday, female inmates were housed elsewhere for the day. The portion of the jail where the females are typically held includes a first and second level. The first level holds a sleeping area, the shower and a communal living area. A metal staircase leads to the sleeping area upstairs. Pictured here is the lower-level sleeping area. There is a bunk-bed and sitting area. There are two doorways on the left and two doorways on the right. None of the doorways have bars or physical doors as they had to be removed in order to meet state standards on square footage—this includes the entry-way into the sleeping areas. The back, left room has a toilet. The other three rooms have a bunk-bed. That means there are eight beds in this area. The upper-level sleeping area has the same design meaning there are sixteen beds total. According to Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, they sometimes have to house 24 females in this area.

During the tour of the Fayette County jail on Saturday, female inmates were housed elsewhere for the day. The portion of the jail where the females are typically held includes a first and second level. The first level holds a sleeping area, the shower and a communal living area. A metal staircase leads to the sleeping area upstairs. Pictured here is the lower-level sleeping area. There is a bunk-bed and sitting area. There are two doorways on the left and two doorways on the right. None of the doorways have bars or physical doors as they had to be removed in order to meet state standards on square footage—this includes the entry-way into the sleeping areas. The back, left room has a toilet. The other three rooms have a bunk-bed. That means there are eight beds in this area. The upper-level sleeping area has the same design meaning there are sixteen beds total. According to Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, they sometimes have to house 24 females in this area.


Jennifer Woods | Record-Herald photos

The portion of the Fayette County jail where female inmates are typically held includes a first and second level. The first level holds a sleeping area, the shower and a communal living area. A metal staircase leads to the sleeping area upstairs. This is the only shower in this area. Bars can be seen at the top of the photo which surrounds the upper-level sleeping area.


Jennifer Woods | Record-Herald photos

This Thursday at 7 p.m., there will be a public meeting for information on the potential new adult detention facility.

According to the Fayette County Commissioners, while this meeting will be similar to the public forum that was held on April 8, there will be more detailed information available for this meeting as both the architect and engineer for the project will be present.

The meeting will be held at the Fayette County Agricultural Center, 1415 US 22 S. W., which is also known as the OSU Extension meeting room.

Fayette County Commissioner Dan Dean said, “We’re trying to give the public one more opportunity to ask questions.

The new adult detention facility is on the May 7 special election ballet. Early voting is available prior to that date.

As stated in previous Record-Herald articles, there are two parts to the levy. The first part is to construct a new and updated adult detention facility. The second part is to provide financial support for the operational expenses of the adult detention facility.

According to officials, the proposed jail will have room for inmates to receive treatment which includes rehabilitation, mental health services and the opportunity to earn life skills that can better their outlook and involvement within the community.

The current jail, according to Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth and the commissioners, fails numerous state standards. It can be shut down at any moment and the county would have to pay to house inmates elsewhere.

As the meeting is public, anyone is welcomed and encouraged to attend.

For more information on this topic, please refer to previous Record-Herald articles. One such article can be found at https://www.recordherald.com/news/35602/new-jail-levy-to-appear-on-ballot.

Reach Jennifer Woods at 740-313-0355 or on Twitter @kenanipel.

During the tour of the Fayette County jail on Saturday, female inmates were housed elsewhere for the day. The portion of the jail where the females are typically held includes a first and second level. The first level holds a sleeping area, the shower and a communal living area. A metal staircase leads to the sleeping area upstairs. Pictured here is the lower-level sleeping area. There is a bunk-bed and sitting area. There are two doorways on the left and two doorways on the right. None of the doorways have bars or physical doors as they had to be removed in order to meet state standards on square footage—this includes the entry-way into the sleeping areas. The back, left room has a toilet. The other three rooms have a bunk-bed. That means there are eight beds in this area. The upper-level sleeping area has the same design meaning there are sixteen beds total. According to Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, they sometimes have to house 24 females in this area.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2019/04/web1_women-s-cell-block.jpgDuring the tour of the Fayette County jail on Saturday, female inmates were housed elsewhere for the day. The portion of the jail where the females are typically held includes a first and second level. The first level holds a sleeping area, the shower and a communal living area. A metal staircase leads to the sleeping area upstairs. Pictured here is the lower-level sleeping area. There is a bunk-bed and sitting area. There are two doorways on the left and two doorways on the right. None of the doorways have bars or physical doors as they had to be removed in order to meet state standards on square footage—this includes the entry-way into the sleeping areas. The back, left room has a toilet. The other three rooms have a bunk-bed. That means there are eight beds in this area. The upper-level sleeping area has the same design meaning there are sixteen beds total. According to Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, they sometimes have to house 24 females in this area. Jennifer Woods | Record-Herald photos

The portion of the Fayette County jail where female inmates are typically held includes a first and second level. The first level holds a sleeping area, the shower and a communal living area. A metal staircase leads to the sleeping area upstairs. This is the only shower in this area. Bars can be seen at the top of the photo which surrounds the upper-level sleeping area.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2019/04/web1_shower.jpgThe portion of the Fayette County jail where female inmates are typically held includes a first and second level. The first level holds a sleeping area, the shower and a communal living area. A metal staircase leads to the sleeping area upstairs. This is the only shower in this area. Bars can be seen at the top of the photo which surrounds the upper-level sleeping area. Jennifer Woods | Record-Herald photos

By Jennifer Woods

jwoods@aimmediamidwest.com