Sheriff Goodin wants to stress that this is a precautionary step.
(Scott County, Ind.) - Today, Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin spoke with the Scott County Commissioners, the Scott County Health Department, the Scott County Jail Nurse, and the Scott County Attorney, in reference to limiting access to the Scott County Jail to all visitors as a precaution in preventing the Coronavirus from entering the jail.
The decision was made with total support from the entities listed above.
Since the jail is self-contained and living quarters are close for not only the prisoners but the jail staff, the possibility of spreading a virus such as the Coronavirus is much greater than in the normal public.
Sheriff Goodin wants to stress that this is a precautionary step and there are no current cases of the Coronavirus in the jail. The sheriff also wanted the public to know normal policing operations, jail operations with inmates, and arrests will continue as usual.
There will be no public fingerprinting, jail classes or non-essential programs.
A news release from the jail says, “ Though it may be an unpopular decision to limit access to the jail to some, it is a step that must be taken for the best interest of not only the prisoners but also the Scott County Sheriff's Employees and Scott County as a whole.”
Sheriff Goodin also stated, “it is much wiser to be pro-active than reactive.”
If you have any questions regarding the closure you can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 812-752-8400.