A recent survey shows that nearly a quarter of Kentucky's full-service jails have gone smoke free and several others have restricted smoking areas for inmates and guards. Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange is preparing to ban smoking in the spring.
The three area jails, however, are not part of that trend.
"It relieves a whole lot of tension for inmates to smoke," said Sgt. Ricky Gibson, a deputy jailer at the Boyle County Detention Center.
The Boyle facility had been smoke free until current Jailer Barry Harmon was elected about three years ago. Harmon instituted a policy that separates inmates into smoking and non-smoking cells, Gibson said. Visitors must smoke outside and guards have an indoor smoking lounge, but cannot smoke in any other indoor areas of the jail, he said.
At the Casey County Detention Center, inmates are allowed to smoke in the main jail, Deputy Jailer Steve Lee said. Inmates who request non-smoking are usually placed in a separate cell, he said.