CLINTON — The Van Buren County Sheriff’s office released a statement dated March 16, which listed access restrictions to the county Detention Center and Sheriff’s office.

The restrictions have been put in place due to COVID-19 concerns.

Per the statement, the following policies are in effect, effective immediately:

Limits will be placed on non-personnel entering the secure areas of the facility.

The facility will be secured by its front gate. Limited access is authorized personnel only.

All essential request (i.e., repairmen, etc.) to enter the secure area of the Van Buren County Detention Center must be approved by Sheriff Lucas Emberton or Chief Deputy Randy Churches.

All in-person visitation, including in-house kiosk visitation, will be temporarily suspended. Remote visitation will still be available.

Bond agents will not be allowed into the secure area of the facility to speak with detainees.

Bond agents will need to obtain all information from detainee by phone prior to arriving at jail.

Detention staff will confirm bond amount, if necessary.

Bond paperwork will be taken care of in the lobby – normal procedures will occur.

Bond paperwork will not be faxed in.

The statement concluded that the policies would be reviewed “as the situation evolves.”

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