Ridgeway suspect Austin Sigg to be separated from adult prisoners

4:36 AM, Nov 28, 2012   |    comments
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He is the first juvenile detainee in three years to be housed at the detention center.

Jacki Kelley, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department told 9NEWS that Sigg will be escorted everywhere by a deputy.

Sigg will be kept away from all other adult prisoners. He will not be able to see or hear them. When being moved around the facility, the jail staff will have to lock other inmates down while Sigg is in that specific part of the facility. The restrictions will be in place for 53 days, until Sigg turns 18 in January. Then the jail staff will assess what's safe for him.

Juveniles are allowed three personal visits per week and there is no limit to professional visits, such as visits from attorneys or clergy. Sigg will be allowed contact visits with his attorney, which means they will not be separated by glass.

Sigg will only be able to talk to the jail staff and his family, if they visit him in jail. Parental visits will not be contact visits. He will only be able to talk to them through the glass in the visitation area.

Sigg will have access to all the programs the jail has to offer. That includes religious services, mental health services, the library and outdoor recreation.

He will not have contact visit with his parents, he will visit with them through the glass in the visitation area.

Everyone in the special housing unit is checked every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day - at a minimum. Every person in the unit is assessed individually.

The average population in the unit is 30. On Tuesday there were 22 people in the unit, which also houses inmates who are mentally ill, disabled, on suicide watch, or have other special needs.

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