Coffee Co. Jail "No Tolerance" Policy

A Wiregrass jail official says a "no tolerance" policy is paying big dividends when it comes to contraband.

Coffee County Jail Administrator, Ruth Scheipe, says an unannounced weekend search proved little in the way of illicit items.

The search turned-up a few homemade knives but no drugs or alcohol.

Two years ago, a similar shake down resulted in weapons, tobacco and drugs.

"The biggest thing was extra blankets and clothing. Two or three shanks we took out of here. But everyone worked together and we are proud of the way the jail is right now," said Scheipe.

Scheipe stresses that keeping the work release inmates separated from the general population is the most effective way in cutting down on contraband getting into the jail.

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