On this OLLI trip we joined Tazewell County Sheriff Robert M. Huston on a tour of the Tazwell County Jail facility. The Sheriff gave us a little background and history of the new jail, which is now 11 years old, built in 2003. The old jail only had 105 beds and no dayrooms, which was the cause for many problems according to Sheriff Huston, who estimated they had 3 assualts per week. The new jail has 226 beds and proper dayroom space and many of these issues have decreased dramatically.
The Sheriff gave us a private tour to see first-hand the systematic procedures that take place in the facility.
Our tour began in the booking and intake area, and we also visited the medical area. The group had the opportunity to observe the lock-up portion of the building, which included both the male and female housing units and the special housing units for mental and behavioral issues.
OLLI would like to thank Sheriff Huston and Jail Superintendent Kurt Ulrich for taking the time to give us such an informative and interesting tour.