The transition at the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office is in full swing. Anytime you have change of this magnitude there is always a level of what we refer to as “controlled chaos” within the organization. Fortunately, everyone seems to be rejuvenated and interested in making a fresh start and they are doing just that. We appreciate the citizens of this county being patient and understanding as we are working through this transition.
Within the corrections division we have made some changes regarding products allowed for drop-off, visitation and inmate work. First, tobacco products are no longer allowed at the jail. State law forbids smoking in any facility. For now, we are still allowing items to be dropped off on Tuesday and Thursday, however they must be clearly labeled with the inmate’s name on at least two locations before we will accept them. Correctional Officers are very busy on these days and will not accept items not labeled.
We hope to be on a commissary system in the next few weeks that will be more user- friendly for the public, the sheriff’s office and the inmates.
Visitation will re-open on Saturday, September 20 for females and Sunday, September 21 for males at the regular times. Only two visitors per inmate will be allowed. All visitors must sign in prior to visitation.
The inmate work program is getting geared back up and will be fully operational by mid-October. We are using a limited number of inmates now for work details but we hope to run two crews after October 1. Also, the church building at the jail is in desperate need of some work. In reality, we need a bigger building. I am calling out to all of those pastors and churches who would be willing to help make this happen to contact me at 931.692.3466.
Regarding court, people attending can expect to see tighter court security. Random security checks and scans will be conducted to ensure court safety. Those who are late for court may not be allowed in the courtroom, which will result in a capias for failure to appear. I want to urge all of you that must transact with the judicial system to be on time.
Finally, we have launched a full audit of the evidence room. We have requested assistance from the District Attorney’s Office, ATF and the TBI and all have been very resourceful. This will be a very painstaking task, but must be done to ensure the integrity of cases being worked and those that have been disposed.
My staff is committed to bringing back integrity, professionalism and respect back to the sheriff’s office. Next week I will address the patrol and investigative divisions.