Wichita County Jail implements new COVID-19 restrictions

Wichita County Jail implements new COVID-19 restrictions

WICHITA COUNTY, Texas (TNN) - The Wichita County Jail has put more COVID-19 restrictions in place following the rise of cases in the area over the past month.

Will Rutledge, Wichita County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy, says 51 inmates have either tested positive or have pending results for their COVID-19 test. These patients have pushed the jail’s ability to house them in quarantine cells to its limit.

The recent increase in cases is also impacting the jail’s staff member availability.

The Sheriff’s Office is once more going to be strict when it comes to what inmates for what charges are accepted into the jail.

Effective immediately, only suspects with the following charges will be accepted into the jail:

  • Serious Felony charges
  • Assault
  • Assault Family Violence
  • Violation of a Protective Order
  • Driving While Intoxicated

Suspects with the following charges will not be accepted into the jail:

  • State Jail or Third degree Felony Drug cases
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Thefts
  • Criminal Mischiefs
  • Credit Card Abuse
  • Forgeries
  • Class C misdemeanor’s
  • Misdemeanor warrants unless they are for Assault Family Violence or related charges

Anyone with a public intoxication charge will be accepted only if there is nowhere else for that person to be taken to.

Rutledge says the jail will lift the restrictions once COVID-19 numbers are back down and manageable in the county.

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