Inmates Forced To Kick The Habit

Many jails across the state are already smoke free and on February 1st, the Boyle County Detention Center joined the list.

It's not a law, but Captain Phil Yates says they're anticipating a state-wide mandate in the coming months so they're just trying to stay ahead of the game.

Over the past several weeks, inmates and employees have been warned of the change and they've been phasing it in.

The jail posted announcements about it towards the end of last year.

They stopped selling cigarettes in the canteen in December but inmates could continue to smoke what they had until Friday. Now, there's no smoking or tobacco use of any kind allowed at the jail..

Employees are allowed to go outside to light up those who are incarcerated do not have that option.

Inmate Leonard Bates had smoked for only a few years and admits it's been tough to kick the habit, but he considers this a a blessing in disguise. He says it's the push he needed to kick the habit for good.

Nina Adams, another inmate, has smoked for over 20 years and says she ran out of smokes about a week and a half ago. She says it's been really hard, but she's doing her best.

While the ban has only been in effect for a day, both Nina and Leonard say there have already been some outbursts and tempers have flared.

They say the stress of being in jail to begin with, coupled with being forced to quit smoking is making some people edgy and short tempered.

The jail is offering nicotine-type lozenges and there will be a cessation program offered for female inmates beginning Monday. Jail officials hope they can raise enough money to offer it for the men soon.


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  • by unidentified Location: unidentified on Jul 24, 2010 at 11:46 PM
    Denny, I am sure that you have done things in your life that you regret and if you were an inmate and someone else was in your shoes and said the same thing then I am sure that you wouldn't want that. people have rights and we should keep it that way. How is that going to make our country any better? it won't. We shouldn't judge anyone and that is what every one should know!
  • by unidentified Location: unidentified on Jul 24, 2010 at 11:40 PM
    Zatoichi or blacksheep, not to be rude or anything but about the garbage comment, well there are people in this world including the ones put in jail and the ones that aren't that litter but the thing is that we can't blame anyone but ourselves because I know that I have done things in my life that I regret but I am NOT going to blame anyone else but myself. It's almost like filling in someone else so that way you can just slip out of someone fingers and get away with it but you shouldn't. I know people have littered but there are some that haven't and they shouldn't have to pay for something that they didn't do.Some and maybe all of the inmates regret what they did that got them in there and wish that they could go back and fix it but can't. We have to move forward. The last thing that you and everyone on earth should know is that you shouldn't judge anyone because it isn't right and because God is going to be the one to judge you and figure out whether or not you go to heaven.
  • by joe Location: monticello on Feb 3, 2008 at 04:49 AM
    smoke free IS smoke what's good for the goose is good for the gander
  • by BLACKSHEEP Location: PAINTSVILLE on Feb 2, 2008 at 01:57 PM
    GOOD!!! THAT SHOULD BE A FREEDOM THEY DONT DESERVE. JAIL IS PUNISHMENT THEY DONT DESERVE NOTHING. WHY DONT YOU PUT THEM TO WORK ON A CHAIN GANG CLEANING UP THIS AREA CUTTING GRASS ALONG THE BACK ROADS, CLEANING UP THE GARBAGE ALONG THE ROAD, DOING WORK WHERE EVERYONE CAN SEE THEM. IM SICK OF SEEING THIS GREAT AREA THAT WE LIVE IN COMPLETLY COVERED IN GARBAGE. THE ONLY TIME I REALLY ENJOY EASTERN KY IS WHEN IT SNOWS. DO YOU KNOW WHY ? IT COVERS ALL THE GARBAGE. I HAVE BEEN DOWN SOUTH, WHERE THE CHAIN GANGS ARE, AND YOU SEE THESE PRISONERS OUT THERE CLEANING THE ROADS THERE IS NO GARBAGE. NOT EVEN A CANDY BAR WRAPPER, HERE EVERYONE THINKS THAT HERE IS THEIR OWN PERSANAL GARBAGE CAN.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Feb 2, 2008 at 10:44 AM
    Call the ACLU this is cruel and unusuasl punishment..ooooh the humanity...
  • by ky iis the pitts Location: pike on Feb 2, 2008 at 05:31 AM
    this is going to far.have a place with a fan to pull out the smoke.and let people have rights to smoke if they choose to do so.that is cruelty.
  • by denny Location: lagrange on Feb 2, 2008 at 05:22 AM
    let's just take away all the inmates rights and employees, it makes me sick when the people just lay down and take it. Where is the backbone that made this country great, the boston tea party, I say inmates should riot, and employees call in sick, teach them a lesson, come on americans, fight.
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Feb 2, 2008 at 03:45 AM
    What a bunch of jerks! If they're giving nicotine lozenges to anyone, then they must give them to everyone. It is discrimination if you only give them to one sex. I hope some lowlife lawyer sues the pants off of this jail, and the state for doing this in this manner.
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Feb 1, 2008 at 11:14 PM
    This will only cause more tension in teh jail. The only inmates that will actually quit is those that are locked up for life in a non smoking prison. Same with pill heads and meth heads. 1st thing the say when they go in is "I learned my lesson, Ill neve rod that again." 1st thing they do when they get out is go find more drugs.

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