MEDIA RELEASE - April 1, 2020
On March 13th, 2020 President Donald Trump declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency. Since then we have made several procedural changes to not only protect our staff but the inmates we care for at the Midland County Jail and the community we serve.
Some of those changes are; practicing social distancing, personal hygiene and obtaining extra protective equipment and cleaning supplies.
We have limited traffic stops to those violations we deem an immediate threat to the public and handling more complaints over the telephone as opposed to face to face contact. We have also altered the services we provide at the jail lobby as well as the Records Division at the LEC.
The jail has shut down all non-essential programs and contracted employees. All on-site visits are cancelled and arrangements have been made for no contact visits with attorneys. Adjustments have been made to limit all transports of inmates outside of the facility and the use of Polycom and Zoom have been used for Judges to correspond with inmates.
We are not accepting certain arrestees who are charged for non-violent crimes. We have also set up a screening area in the sally port of the jail so no new arrestee enters into the secure portion of the jail until they are screened for COVID-19.
There is also a designated pod set up for inmates who are suspected to have COVID-19.