Douglas County Jail suspends visitation amid ‘stay at home’ order

photo by: Mike Yoder/Journal-World File Photo

The Douglas County Jail is shown in this file photo from February 2015.

Visitation is suspended at the Douglas County Jail in accordance with the “stay at home” order that went into effect Tuesday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Jenn Hethcoat, public information officer, said via email Tuesday that inmates will be allowed two free 15-minute phone calls per week during the time visitation is suspended. Phone service is generally collect, according to the sheriff’s office’s website,

As the Journal-World has reported, the Douglas County health officer’s order to stay home except for essential needs will last through at least April 23. The order aims to slow the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. It was not immediately clear Tuesday whether the suspension of visitation will follow the same timeline.

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