Written by Russell Collier
Criminal Justice instructor Tim Roberts recently took one of his classes to the Pike County Detention Center. Students met with Doug Estep, who is a correction officer. He explained there are four levels to the jail for both male and female inmates. The first floor is for petty crimes. They are only there for eight hours. The second floor are inmates who are repeated offenders, and the third floor are inmates that have committed crime such as theft, fraud, or drugs.
“The bottom floor is for no return. Inmates say there is nothing we can do to help them,” said Roberts.
The cells are on 24-hour lockdown. When the officers walk through, they watch everybody.
“Sometimes if inmates do not reply, we have to go in the cell and get physical with them,” said Estep.
Roberts has been working as a police officer for 17 years and has known the correction officer for all those years.