Press Release - Visiting and Pistol Licensing Closed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 16, 2020
SHERIFF TOULON ISSUES DIRECTIVE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDING ALL VISITS AT COUNTY JAIL TO PREVENT SPREAD OF COVID-19
(Suffolk County, NY) Sheriff Errol D. Toulon, Jr. has issued a directive that starting tomorrow, March 17, 2020, ALL VISITS with inmates at the Suffolk County Correctional Facilities, both contact and non-contact, are temporarily suspended in order to limit the spread of the Coronavirus in the county jails. Attorneys may still make arrangements to visit their clients during this time.
Also, Pistol Licensing will be closed until further notice, effective tomorrow.
“By limiting the number of people entering our facilities, we can better protect our staff, inmates, and the general public from community spread of COVID-19,” stated Sheriff Toulon.
There are no cases of coronavirus at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility, but this decision was precipitated to control the potential spread of the illness. Last week, Sheriff Toulon ceased all volunteer activities within the facilities. In addition, all high school jail tours were suspended until further notice. Newly arriving inmates are being screened for COVID-19 and segregated from the general population in a separate reception housing area for 14 days. Moreover, the jails are being disinfected three times per day, with a heavy cleaning taking place each evening.