State shuts down McCreary County jail

Kentucky Department of Corrections officials are shutting down the McCreary County jail, DOC spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said Friday, and state documents show the facility had several problems.

McCreary County Judge-Executive Doug Stephens said that as of Friday, all of the jail's 47 inmates had been moved to the Laurel County Correctional Center.

The state's Dec. 11 order shutting down the jail said officials did not properly report escapes. The letter cited four incidents from January through June 2012 involving the escape of six inmates.

State records said the jail was "extremely dirty" and in disrepair, with problems with managing inmates.

Stephens said the county judge-executive's office had no control over the management of the jail, since the office of jailer is an elected position. McCreary jailer Tony Ball will continue to transport inmates, Stephens said.