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April 25, 2014

Updated cells, kitchen among jail tour highlights

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

More than 100 people went to jail in Laurel County Thursday night — but not the first one of them got booked into the facility.

That’s because those 100-plus people came to the Laurel County Correctional Center to see what changes and improvements have been made in the detention facility.

Jailer Jamie Mosley and his team at the correctional center led several tour groups through the building, describing the improvements and changes made for the betterment of the inmates.

Jail employees designed a mock version of a “former” jail cell — it was unkempt, dirty, and personal belongings of inmates were strewn around the room.

Now inmates must keep their sleeping/living areas clean — and those folks touring were able to see the extensive improvements made at the jail.

The biggest improvement — and the most work — involved repairing the flooring in the jail cells. The bulk of the work was performed by inmates, according to Mosley, and all monies spent came from the jail’s commissary account.

He told the tour groups that staph infections have been significantly reduced — and that at the same time, inmates working on the project were given vocational skills.

But that wasn’t the only big improvement to the jail.

Mosley explained when they he and his team first arrived at the jail facility, the kitchen was in very rough shape.

The worst was the infestation of cockroaches.

Workers had to go down into the flooring, and when they did they saw several drainage and plumbing issues — particularly, part of the drainage had actually collapsed.

That work had to be bid out — but the remainder of the renovation to the kitchen was also done by inmates.

Tours of the renovated facility began at 6 p.m. and continued through 8 p.m.

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