After a successful 2015, the Grayson County Detention Center is looking to make 2016 even better.
Grayson County Jailer Jason Woosley, in an interview this week, spoke about the local jail’s activities over the previous year and its plans for the current year.
“We’ve had a really good year,” said Woosley. “I’m proud of the staff. They’ve done a great job.”
2015 saw the detention center upgrade a number of its road crew vehicles, with the purchase of four crew cab trucks, as well as a couple of small utility box trailers, according to Woosley.
Additionally, the detention center built a new storage building between the detention center’s women’s facility and annex and moved the dumpster from the front of the building to the back.
Woosley said the new storage building has allowed the detention center to now separate male inmates’ property from female inmates’ property, as well as have dry storage for food and cleaning supplies.
The detention center has also made an effort to send work crews to each community in Grayson County for various services, including garbage and recycling collection in Leitchfield, ballpark preparation in Clarkson, and old school restoration work in Caneyville, according to Woosley.
The detention center is currently in the process of constructing a pavilion and dock by the lake behind the detention center, which, Woosley said, will likely be used for employee and public use, as well as the local nursing homes’ annual fishing with seniors event.
The pavilion, Woosley said, is expected to be completed within a few weeks, and the dock is expected to be completed within a couple of months.
The detention center is only paying for the materials for the construction of the pavilion and dock, Woosley added.
Woosley said one of the biggest projects the detention center will be pushing for this year will be an increase in “per diem” for the housing of federal inmates, which has not increased at the Grayson County Detention Center since 1997.
“Federal inmates keep us self-supportive,” said Woosley, explaining that the detention center currently receives $47 per day per federal inmate it houses, and an increase in that amount “could benefit tremendously.”
The detention center is also looking to upgrade the camera systems at the women’s facility and annex this year, as well as apply for grants to purchase bulletproof vests for transporters and Tasers for qualified deputies.
Woosley said most of the Grayson County Detention Center’s deputies receive their training in-house, and there have been discussions of increasing the deputies’ training hours each year.
Currently, each deputy must complete a minimum of 16 hours in service training, which is provided by the Department of Corrections, Woosley said.
The detention center also looks to schedule an inspection for its Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) compliance this year.
Woosley said the Grayson County Detention Center is already mostly compliant with the federal standards set by PREA and is going to try to ready for inspection by April 1.
As of now, corrections facilities are not required to be PREA compliant; however, Woosley said, the Grayson County Detention Center would like to be inspected this year.
In closing, Woosley thanked the community and other public offices for their support of the detention center over the previous year.
“I look forward to this year being successful,” Woosley said.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.