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Friday, June 08, 2018

Cocke County Corrections Partnership
The Cocke County Corrections Partnership was scheduled to meet Thursday evening, but because of the lack of a quorum, the body could take no official action. Mayor Crystal Ottinger did report that the jail remains uncertified following an April inspection by the Tennessee Corrections Institute. The report found that the facility remains overcrowded, the control room serves as an inmate processing area, the structure has no sprinkler system and and it does not meet the classification plan outlined in it's policy and procedure. Sheriff Armando Fontes did report that a recently installed video visitation system in the jail is working well. "Now an inmate can visit with family and loved ones through a monitor that is in their cell. There is no need to remove an inmate from the cell and transport him to to a visitation booth where they would visit by phone. It's similar to going on-line and doing a video chat." Although the system is expensive, the county did not have to bear the cost. The sheriff said the firm which installed the system, as well as the county, make a profit off of the system. "In speaking with family members, they like the system because it is less expensive for them to have a visit from their home, than it is to drive to the jail to visit. The family can still come to the jail for a video visitation. Because the inmate doesn't leave the cell, that cuts down on required personnel for inmate movement, seven days a week." The sheriff said there is no cost for video visitation with family at the jail. Jail Administrator Bob Hogan says the new system was installed on May 14 and has been utilized. "It's been very popular. We've had a total of 232 visits, 73 were on-site visits. Some people say they like the remote visits because they don't have to load up in the car and drive down here. They also can choose the time for the visit."

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