COVID Outbreak Hits Augusta Maine Jail, Inmate Capacity Limited
According to the Kennebec Journal, there has been a reported COVID-19 outbreak at the Kennebec County Correctional Facility. As of Monday, fewer than 10 people, including inmates and staff, had tested positive for the virus.
The outbreak has caused Kennebec County Sheriff, Ken Mason, to temporarily limit the number of inmates being held at the facility.
People with certain warrants will not be arrested during the outbreak though people accused of more violent crimes will still be arrested and brought to the jail.
Sheriff Mason told the Kennebec Journal,
“We’ll quarantine it and work through it. We’re telling (law enforcement agencies in the county) there are only certain ones we’ll admit into the facility. If somebody gets hooked up for possession of drugs, you know, not a pound or anything, we’re saying give them a summons. But anybody deemed dangerous, we’re going to deal with them.”
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