Orleans County Jail Gets Passing Grade from Commission of Correction on COVID-19 Protocols

On November 18, 2020, The New York State Commission of Correction Inspectors conducted a site visit at the Orleans County Jail on Platt St. in Albion. Commission staff observed the COVID-19 protocols that had been implemented in the facility. Inspectors were able to review the screening of employees, incarcerated individuals and anyone entering the facility, signage throughout the facility, disinfecting procedures and the utilization of face coverings.

Commission Chairman Allen Riley issued a report indicating that protocols instituted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic appear consistent with the guidance provided by the Commission, the New York State Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control.

Orleans County Sheriff Christopher Bourke, pleased with the positive report, thanked his staff for their perseverance during a tough year.  “I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication by Superintendent Scott Wilson, the Jail Command Staff, Correction Officers, Cooks and nursing staff during these unprecedented times.”

The Commission’s ruling, in part, declared: “The protocols that were instated in response to the COVID-19 appear consistent with the guidance provided by the Commission, the New York State Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control.”

Chairman Riley thanked the Orleans County Jail for their hospitality and aid during the inspect. He noted in the report: “I would like to take the opportunity to thank you and your staff for the courtesy and cooperation  extended to my staff during the visit. If the Commission can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.”