Jails Now Process On Their Own

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

A bill was passed requiring all county jails to fingerprint all of the persons who are arrested and brought to their jail.

Which meant that the Warren County Regional Jail along with the other jails in the state would no longer be allowed to let police officers process anyone bought through their doors.

The employees are now solely responsible for gathering information from the potential inmate, fingerprinting and paperwork.

The Warren County Regional Jail began the transition from police processing to jail employees nearly two months ago.

"The Kentucky State Police fingerprint section came down and trained some of our employees and they started doing the fingerprinting. Then they, in turn, have trained other jail employees," Warren County Jailer Jackie Strode said.

Strode also said they have hired two employees and are looking to hire three more to help the current staff fill the new load.

"We're using those deputies who would normally be working outside on road projects or special details, we're utilizing them. We're having to pay some overtime so that all 3 shifts, 7 days a week, can be met."

Strode also said it has been a very smooth transition since the change-over.

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