Jail to close at month's end
by Alan Reed -- areed@cadizrecord.com
Mar 15, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County Fiscal Court voted last week to close the jail by the end of the month.
The Trigg County Fiscal Court voted last week to close the jail by the end of the month.
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Trigg County will be without a jail at the end of this month after a decision was made in Fiscal Court on March 7, 2006. After discussing and debating a budget to stay open, and a budget to close the jail, and transport inmates to a detention facility in either Hopkinsville or Murray, the county magistrates unanimously voted to close the Trigg facility, and again to approve the new budget.

“We have to do what the state tells us with our jail, and if there is any money left over, we can make our own budget,” said County Judge Executive Berlin Moore.

Under the adopted budget, with the jail closed, current jailer, Glenn Cunningham would serve out the remainder of his elected term and collect his present salary. Either he or his rival in the May Democratic primary would continue to serve, as elected jailor, mandated by the Kentucky State Constitution, though would take a pay-cut.

“(The Jailer’s) salary will be cut way back, but then again, there will be fewer duties with the position,” Cunningham told the Cadiz Record in a later interview. “I really don’t know exactly what my duties will be, exactly.”

Cunningham was not sure what would be done with prisoners awaiting transport to another facility, if holding cells would be constructed at the Cadiz Police Department, or the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office, which could be potentially relocated as well. “The new Justice Center will have some holding cells. The current courthouse has a room.” Asking about the ability to secure prisoners he mentioned, “There is a lock on the door.”

Though Moore said that local law enforcement had agreed to shoulder some of the transport duties to a neighboring facility, details had not been worked out.

Major Duncan Wiggins of the Cadiz Police said that department policy meant the streets must be patrolled 24 hours. “There will be an officer on the streets, even during transport.”

Chief Hollis Alexander said he had not spoken to the Judge Executive, Sheriff Randy Clark, nor Cunningham, he accepted the decision in stride. “We are doing some transport now for out of control prisoners and females. We will need some way to arrange a transport detail.”

For the rest of this story, please see this week's edition of The Cadiz Record.
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