With jail closed, questions remain about appropriate use of holding cell
by Alan Reed -- areed@cadizrecord.com
Apr 12, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County Jail appears to have housed its last inmate on March 31, 2006. Trigg County, the Cadiz Police Department, the Kentucky State Police and other agencies are now transporting prisoners to and from Hopkinsville to the effective, and said “We haven’t seen any problems with the system yet.”

According to Alexander, the transport plan is straightforward. An arrest is made, and the prisoner is taken to the Former Trigg County Jail, where he is fingerprinted and photographed. State and national databases are queried to learn if the prisoner faces charges in other jurisdictions. Once this is complete, Jailer Glenn Cunningham is notified that a prisoner awaits transport.

At any hour, Cunningham can be summoned. He will use the jailer’s fleet vehicle, a Ford Crown Victoria, to transport a small number of prisoners to Hopkinsville. “It’s not large enough for more than 2-3 prisoners at a time.”

Alexander believed that the former Trigg County Jail’s Detoxification Cell would be available for use as a temporary holding cell, for no more than a few hours, should the jailer be indisposed.

Cunningham said this was, for the time being, not the case, as an inspector for the Kentucky Department of Corrections had not approved the jail for temporary quarters for prisoners.

At the time of the Cadiz Record’s interview with Cunningham on April 6, the Jailer said he was working the transportation detail alone, as the man he had anticipated on keeping in his command part time had elected to find new employment when his full-time job ended.

“The status on that holding cell is up in the air right now, but I am going to get with (Judge Executive Berlin Moore) and see what our options are.”

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