Knox Sheriff issues statement on release of jail inmates

Mar 24, 2020

Rockland — Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll issued the following statement Tuesday, March 24 concerning the release of inmates from the Knox County Jail.

"Knox County Sheriff’s Office staff has worked very hard over the last week trying to curb the potential spread of COVID-19. The Knox County Jail population has been reduced by 25% and we are looking at ways to decrease it further.

We all take our responsibility seriously to ensure that we only release after thorough review, discussion, and consideration. It is certainly a team effort of corrections staff, administration, our programming partners, the District Attorney’s Office, Justices of the State, and Defense Attorney’s carefully reviewing before allowing persons out of confinement.

The sheriff on Wednesday detailed the types of offenses that the people released committed.

"We have nine housed at the Re-entry Center in Waldo County and we have six out on "Home Confinement." Those on HC have had various charges such as violating conditions of release from previous charges pre-trial or sentences, OUI. and related traffic offenses, Operating after license revoked, and a multitude of drug related offenses from possession to trafficking.  We also screened some that their sentences were finishing up soon and released them ahead of time with conditions of checking in or maintain counseling," the Sheriff said.

I am very proud of the performance level that the Corrections Officers have been able to maintain thru this rough time. Part of the review process is to ensure those released have safe and adequate arrangements to go to for living accommodations and, if appropriate, we ensure they have a job to go to as well. In most circumstances, it is my signature that allows those individuals out on release. I assure you that I take that authority and responsibility very seriously and do so with heavy thoughts of the public’s safety always in mind.

It has been a rough week for everyone with a lot of unknowns and no immediate relief in sight. I assure you that the staff at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is working hard to help reduce the spread of this virus, maintain their own safety and health and, as always, keep the public’s safety at the forefront of what we do. We will get through this

Comments (1)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Mar 25, 2020 10:20

Thank you!

 



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