Most Lincoln Parish DC Inmates not Vaxxed

About 60% of the inmates now housed at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center are not vaccinated, Warden Jim Tuten told the quarterly meeting of the Detention Center Commission this morning.

Said Tuten, “Right now, about 40% of our inmates are vaccinated, and 60% refused to be vaccinated. Any time anybody comes in that’s been arrested, we ask them, we have a form they fill out and we ask them if they’ve had the inoculation, and if they answer no, we ask them do you want a shot, and the vast majority are refusing.”

However, Tuten said that only four inmates had tested positive for Covid-19 this year, and they all exhibited no symptoms. The jail continues to have an extensive disinfection and screening procedure in place, he said.

“We’re still taking every inmate’s temperature three times a day,” said Tuten. He added, “All of our employees – when we come in the morning, the first thing that happens, we take our temperature. We’re doing all that we can to try to protect our staff and our inmates.”

Tuten noted that as of midnight last night, the jail held 306 inmates, with 203 of them in pre-trial detainment.

The commission also set dates in November and December to adopt an amended budget for the current year, and a proposed budget for 2022.

Asked about the in-custody death of an inmate last week, Sheriff Stephen Williams said that the body had been sent to Little Rock, AR for autopsy by Dr. Frank Peretti of the Arkansas State Crime Lab.

Lincoln Parish Coroner Dr. Michael Belue will have to sign off on the findings, Williams said.

4 Responses to “Most Lincoln Parish DC Inmates not Vaxxed”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Don’t know what the Ruston Daily Leader is going to do when the pandemic is over. They can’t publish a paper without screaming about COVID every day.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    They should be doing some investigative journalism into the favoritism of the tax assessor’s office

    • Anonymous Says:

      Don’t hold your breathe. They really should have been doing some investigation into the happenings of the police jury since the new crew came in but that hasn’t happened either.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    looks like it maybe left up to a private citizen to investigate Tax Assessor. stay tune

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