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Whiteside County jail inmates losing e-cigs

February 19, 2019

MORRISON – Whiteside County Jail inmates soon may be under the care of the county’s health department, and they also may be losing the right to use e-cigarettes in the facility.

Those are just two of the issues expected to be addressed when the Whiteside County Board meets tonight.

Sheriff John Booker and Health Department Administrator Beth Fiorini presented a plan during a recent committee meeting to transfer care of the jail’s inmates to the Health Department from a private contracted firm.

They told the committee they hope the change will mean better behavioral care for the inmates, 75 percent of whom already are Health Department patients, and an improvement their behavior, which would reduce problems inside the jail.

It is not a cost-saving measure, and could be reversed if it does not produce the desired results.

If approved, the switch would be made in May.

Booker also wants to eliminate the use of e-cigarettes at the jail, making the facility completely smoke free, and at all other county buildings as of March.

Board members also are expected to vote tonight to apply to participate in an e-cycling program in order to meet a March 1 deadline. A time and date of such a program would be scheduled later if the county decides to host such an event.

Board members also will honor two employees on their retirements. Resolutions will be presented to Assistant State’s Attorney Carol Linkowski and Deb Workman to recognize their years of employment.