Louisville jail placed under lockdown during search of facility

Louisville jail placed under lockdown

Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The Louisville Metro Department of Corrections went under a jail-wide lockdown May 11 as part of a state-wide initiative to keep jail workers safe. It's called "Operation Safe Jail" and involves a partnership with officials from the Kentucky Department of Jails and gang units from jails across the state.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m., officers started a search every cell at Metro Corrections. During the lockdown, all non-essential movement into and out of the jail facility was limited. That meant all inmate visits were cancelled and no volunteers were allowed in until the search was completed.

Pam Windsor, a LMDC spokesperson, said the surprise searches are commonly used to locate contraband, collect intelligence, and identify potential security breaches.

As of late afternoon, corrections officials say 12 homemade knives, cell phones and a straight razor have been found, along with marijuana, drugs, tobacco and gang related items. LMDC director Mark Bolton says several inmates will face new charges and that a contract employee was cited for promoting contraband and was palced on administrative leave.

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