We have recently gotten word that despite the best efforts of Sheriff Ronald Seals, the coronavirus has made its way into the Sevier County Jail.
Sherriff Seals suspended in-person visits at Sevier County correctional facilities in early July to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Per reports, all sick employees were told to stay home, and those who were working were given appropriate PPE to protect themselves and the people incarcerated within the facilities. WBIR reported that “medical staff at both Corrections facilities are completing medical prescreening procedures of all incoming arrestees and officers before they are allowed to enter any of the facilities,” and those showing symptoms were isolated. At the time, no inmates had been infected – but that appears to no longer be the case.
Coronavirus spreads very quickly in jail and prison populations, and people who are incarcerated cannot be guaranteed their safety. While some states and counties are releasing low-level offenders to help reduce the spread, Sevier County has not issued any such plans.
Delius & McKenzie, PLLC is very concerned about the potential dangers the incarcerated face if they are exposed to the virus. If your loved one is at Sevier County Jail, it is time to talk to an attorney about your options to help your loved one. Contact us today at (865) 428-8780 or complete our contact form