March 15, 2020 at 2:00pm
(Ithaca, NY) - To protect our Corrections staff and inmates, we have suspended inmate contact visitation within the Tompkins County Jail. Non-essential professional visitors will also not be permitted into the jail for group meetings.
To reduce the negative impacts this may cause to our inmates and their families, we have worked with our inmate phone service provider to provide each inmate with a limited number of free phone calls.
Cleaning efforts have also been increased within the facility to reduce the likelihood of disease spread. At this point the jail is housing 41 inmates, of whom none have shown symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
New inmates entering the facility will be secured separately from the general population until such time that they can be examined by medical personnel. We are in daily communication with NYS Commission of Corrections.
Derek R. Osborne
Sheriff of Tompkins County
779 Warren Road
Ithaca, NY 14850