Bell County Jail Shut Down by State Regulators

Bell County Jail Shut Down by State Regulators

The Bell County jail has been closed after the detention center was unable to fix problems with its smoke evacuation system.

The Kentucky Department of Corrections said in a news release that Bell County Detention Center in Pineville must be evacuated by next Wednesday.

The department previously ordered the jail closed by Dec. 1. But jail officials made minimal progress correcting violations related to the system, and an extension was given until Thursday.

The jail’s closing came after officials determined the smoke evacuation system “is still inoperable.” Inmate living areas would be unprotected in a fire without a functioning smoke evacuation system.

Source: MG News

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