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Laurel County jailer proposes road be shut down near facility

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A southern Kentucky jailer says what's getting into his facility is causing some problems -- so much so that he's proposing the city shut down part of a street near the facility.

South Long Street runs directly behind the Laurel County Jail, and that public access road is leading to problems, such as contraband getting smuggled inside.

Jailer Jamie Mosley says access to the rear of the jail is too accessible. He says that became all too clear when he says one woman tried to smuggle drugs to an inmate working in the kitchen.

Mosley says jail staff learned of the contraband through monitoring inmate phone calls. He says the solution is to close the entire section of South Long that sits behind the jail, and they will eventually be able to fence in an area with a 12-foot razor wire fence.

We spoke with London's mayor and he says he wants to help the jailer in any way he can, but the city council will likely take up the issue at its June 2 meeting.

Mosley says few people drive along the road, and that it's mostly used by jail staff or people coming to pick up inmates.


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