Interim jail administrator says jail needs upgrades

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The Big Sandy Regional Detention Center Interim Administrator says the jail needs half a million dollars in upgrades.

This comes several weeks after three jail officials were indicted and a Johnson County grand jury issued a report about alleged problems in the jail.

Interim Administrator Randy Madan says in his six weeks on the job, he has found numerous problems with the building that need to be corrected, ranging from security issues to safety hazards.

Some of the repairs are underway and Madan is meeting with a contractor to go over the building.

The jail houses around 225 inmates from Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Lawrence Counties.

Madan says the air conditioning is out, there were some fire hazards in the kitchen, and problems with rusty doors.

Madan says the jail board and local judge-executives are already working on solutions.

“I believe if you have enough eyes on something, the problem will go away, and that's exactly what we're trying to do, getting it out in the open where everyone can see it and get it corrected,” Randy Madan said.

Madan says they are working to get the half million dollar funding for the repairs.

He has also made policy changes to help cut down on problems with contraband in the jail.

Visitation is now only four days a week and there are changes to the work crews in the field.

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