DAMAGE TO JAIL PROPERTY = LOSS OF TV’S IN JAIL
We have experienced additional damage to the Livingston County Jail and this most recent crime has led to significant response for the entire jail. In Missouri it is a felony to damage jail property, regardless of value.
Historically we spent tax money on repairing damage to electrical outlets and the locked protective covers when detainee(s) would break these to enable access to the electrical current. The detainees would force items into the electrical outlet to permit one or more detainees to typically light contraband or dried spinach, beans, or peas to smoke.
Our current jail repairs budget is exhausted. Last month we explained to the detainees the next damage to the electrical system would result in the loss of their televisions. Yesterday detainee(s) in cell area 6 broke the locked electrical cover and damaged the electrical outlet and left obvious burn markings on the outlet.
As of noon today we have removed all televisions from the jail areas as we are mandated to treat all detainees equally. The detainees were advised of the problem and if we see additional damage to the jail the only area we have to spend money for needed repairs is from the jail food budget.
An investigation into the identity of the suspect(s) who damaged the jail property is currently underway. We also have an electrician coming to the facility to render the electrical outlet(s) completely safe.
The Livingston County Jail is a 48 bed facility. We currently have 43 people in custody at this time.