Jail receives annual inspection report from ADPHBy Emily Etheredge Published 4:39pm Monday, August 11, 2014
An inspection in June by the Chilton County Health Department of the Chilton County Jail found several items in need of repair or adjustment, which have since been corrected.
In a letter from the ADPH dated July 7 to Chilton County Sheriff Kevin Davis, several items were listed as needing repair or adjustment after being found during the inspection process on June 27.
Pods B, C and D were found to have mold in the shower areas, and the shower areas were listed as needing to be repainted.
It was noted during inspection that hand sinks in all individual cells needed to be checked to make sure they were functioning properly as there were multiple malfunctioning sinks, according to the report.
Some cells were listed as only having cold water, while some cells only had warm water.
The dryer at the jail was also listed in poor condition and not functioning properly at the time of the inspection.
The ice bin in the kitchen was also listed as having mold growing inside and in need of being drained, cleaned and disinfected.
“There is also a table/counter to the left of the stove in the kitchen that needs to be painted,” the report states.
Chilton County Public Health Environmental Supervisor Keith Jackson said an inspection of the jail is required once a year.
“They don’t know we are coming,” Jackson said. “Normally, they know a range of time we might be coming, but as far as the actual day, they do not.”
Jackson said there was a separate inspection done for the kitchen portion of the jail due to that section being treated as a food establishment.
“The food service was in pretty good shape,” Jackson said. “It is a courtesy inspection, it is not a requirement. We try to have our jail as current as the restaurants.”
The food inspection portion at the jail scored a 93.
“I tell the inspectors to inspect the area just like they would a restaurant,” Jackson said. “Even though they aren’t charging for a permit or allowing the public to go in and eat, we want to keep it up. We don’t want someone to be getting sick from the food, which is why we do put a score on that.”
Establishments with a score of 85-100 are considered to be in satisfactory compliance and are inspected on routine schedule, according to a chart listed on the website for the ADPH.
Jackson said the food establishment portion of the jail has received a score of 100 before, but noted that as a facility gets used and older, smaller problems start arising.
“Normally, unless we receive a lot of complaints, we will not go back until the next inspection,” Jackson said. “We have been notified that the jail addressed all of the problems we noted, and everything should be working correctly.”