Big Sandy Regional Detention Center is a medium security facility located at 904 3rd St in Paintsville, KY. Medium custody inmates live in either one or two-man units within specific pods. Medium security prisons are the standard facilities used to house most criminals. They feature cage-style housing, armed guards, and a much more regimented daily routine than a minimum or low-security prisons. These are more serious offenders which must be supervised 24/7 with controlled movements. The prison yard has strengthened perimeter fence, rows of triple razor wire on double fencing and electronic detection systems to ensure inmates stay within the confined areas within the facility.
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The Big Sandy Regional Detention Center is used by multiple jurisdictions within Kentucky who have arranged and organized to construction and administering of the facility. This soi a direct-supervision institution where the inmates are housed in pods with two-man cells aligning one wall arranged on two floors. There is a large common area where the tables and chairs are affixed to the floor on TV. The showers are open to the room, too.
An inmate's day starts with wake-up at 5:30 a.m. and breakfast is served from 6-6:30 am. Offenders report to their assigned jobs at 7:30 am Every offender who is physically able has a job in the prison system. Offenders are not paid for their work, but they can earn privileges as a result of good work habits. Offenders also learn job skills that can help them find employment when released from their commitment term.