There are several federal prison across southern and eastern Kentucky, including USP Big Sandy, USP McCreary, FCI Ashland, and FCI Manchester. These facilities employee hundreds of hard-working Kentuckians and these public servants bravely keep our communities safe at a heightened time of insecurity. In recognition of the new COVID-19 threat at these facilities, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has ordered the implementation of its COVID-19 Action Plan. It has also put in place screenings of staff and inmates, as well as limited inmate movement and outside visits.
In response to a growing number of quarantine and isolation cases in BOP facilities, the BOP will take the following actions immediately to further mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19 effective April 1, 2020.
- For a 14-day period, inmates in every institution will be secured in their assigned cells/quarters to decrease the spread of the virus. This modification is based on health concerns, not disruptive inmate behavior.
- During this time, to the extent practicable, inmates should still have access to programs and services that are offered under normal operating procedures, such as mental health treatment and education.
- In addition, the BOP is coordinating with the United States Marshals Service (USMS) to significantly decrease incoming movement during this time.
- After 14 days, this decision will be reevaluated, and a decision made as whether or not to return to modified operations.
- Limited group gathering will be afforded to the extent practical to facilitate commissary, laundry, showers, telephone, and Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System access.
BOP Action Plan: https://www.bop.gov/resources/news/20200313_covid-19.jsp
The Bureau will continue to provide daily updates and information on actions related to COVID-19 at www.bop.gov/coronavirus/