Monroe County Jail inmates seek lockdown reduction | Panda Anku

Inmates at the Monroe County Jail spend most of their time locked in their cells.

Newly booked people who don’t post bail or are released by a judge will spend five days in isolation cells, a COVID-19 precaution the local jail hasn’t lifted, though some others in the area have.

People held in minimum and medium security cellblocks spend four hours out of every 24 hours in the holding area outside of their two-person cells. There they can make phone calls, socialize, watch TV, shower and use video conferencing kiosks to visit family.

The other 20 hours are spent behind solid metal doors with small panes of glass, with a cellmate always at arm’s length. Each cell has a bunk bed, a stainless steel toilet and sink, and a small table. Meals delivered around 5:00 am, 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm will be served in the cells instead of at the tables in the common area of ​​the cell block. It’s more efficient, prison warden Sam Crowe said.

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Cell blocks overflowing with 32 men charged with offenses of varying degrees of seriousness are leading to increased incidents of threats, aggression and fighting in a deteriorating and understaffed prison, Crowe said. Therefore, the 20-hour lockdowns, which Crowe says conform to state prison regulations regarding inmate care.

Another 50 to 60 inmates who have been struggling in prison, as well as some who have requested a more isolated existence, are spending 23 hours locked up and just one hour a day outside their cells. The hour advances every day; If someone is allowed to leave their cell at 1 a.m. today, it would be 2 a.m. the next day. These prisoners also eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in their cells.

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