MOUNT VERNON — Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay has closed the county jail, saying it is unsafe for inmates, officers and the public.
DeLay said the building was closed Wednesday.
The sheriff, who took office last September, said the jail has numerous safety problems, including malfunctioning locks, destroyed cameras and a lack of lighting.
On Saturday, an inmate escaped from the jail. When officers tried to lock down the rest of the inmates, some prisoners damaged the electrical conduit and knocked out power. DeLay said some cell locks have been ruined, making it difficult to control inmates.
Twenty-five officers in riot gear ended the situation with little resistance, and the inmate was recaptured.
The 35 inmates housed in the jail have been transferred to other county jails.