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Knox County Jail
327 Park St
You can think of the Knox County Correctional Facility as a kind of hub for inmates. By many standards it's a small facility housing just 49 long-term inmates, nine 48-hour inmates and two 4-hour prisoners. This is due to the fact that there are actually three state prisons operating in Knox County. At anytime the inmates in the county jail can be transferred up to the "big house."
Although it might be a small jail, they offer many programs for self-improvement. On the list of classes for inmates to enroll in are GED, computer training, anger management, parenting, AA and bible studies. There are also work release programs and work rehabilitation offer through St. Bernard's Church. Inmates can also work in the sign shop or on the garden program. Signing up for these programs isn't mandatory but with nothing else to do its best that inmates keep themselves occupied.
There are four cell blocks at the Knox County Jail to house the inmates. The inmates are separated between those considered to need maximum security versus minimum security. As for the meals, a former inmate summed those up in one word, "gross."
Good Behavior Policy
As mentioned, the classes and programs are offered on a voluntary basis but there is an added benefit. An inmate can earn 7 days off for every month served if they participate in classes. Without that, the maximum amount of time off for good behavior is just four days off for every month served.
Visitor and Telephone Policy
Inmates are allowed 2 visitation sessions per week. The visiting room is basically a long table with ten chairs where inmates and their visitors sit across from each other. Not a lot of privacy in that situation. Every visitor must lock up all their items like phones, purses and backpacks in a locker before heading into to see an inmate. They don't want any contraband passed back and forth.
There are phones made available to the inmates during the day for them to make collect calls. Prepaid phone cards are available for purchase in the commissary.
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