Privileges revoked for prisoners at Ottawa County Jail

Privileges revoked for prisoners at Ottawa County Jail
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Inmate privileges are stripped down after two guards are assaulted at the Ottawa County Jail.

The attack happened on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

While the detention officers are okay, the sheriff is curbing prisoner behavior with this punishment.

Terry Wilson’s 16-year-old daughter was missing for over three months before she was found in Texas with a 36-year-old man. It happened about 4 years ago, but the terrifying experience never shook his faith in the justice system.

“You know, throughout that whole process, even though it was hard for me and my family, the guy still deserved his day in court. That’s just the way the law is. That’s what we need to go by,” said Wilson.

Still, it’s hard to be diplomatic when inmates turn dangerous. When two prisoners assaulted a pair of correctional officers, Sheriff Jeremy Floyd knew there needed to be punishments.

“Of course, we’re gonna be seeking charges against those two inmates that assaulted the correctional officers. With that in mind, with the behavior as a whole, we implemented the privileges for 30 days to be revoked until they can start acting like respectful individuals.”

Those privileges include access to TV, phones, the commissary, and visitation.

“Hopefully this can be a learning lesson and at the same time I want to be able to give these folks the privileges so they can kinda contribute back to society,” said Sheriff Floyd.

While Wilson believes the sheriff made the right call in this situation, he still feels sympathy for the inmates who are following the rules and still being punished.

“It may not feel fair, but in a facility like that, that’s probably the only way that he’s going to get order back in there.”

Both Floyd and Wilson agree that inmates are still human.

“We’re supposed to love one another in this life and that’s how we’re supposed to get by and treat other people whether we agree with them or not,” said Wilson.

One guard did receive medical attention for his injuries, but he’ll be back on the job soon.

Inmates will still receive nrews-related material, per state law.

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