New visitation policy for El Dorado jails |

New visitation policy for El Dorado jails

Gregory Crofton

A policy change at El Dorado County jails reduced the number of visits an inmate can have from unlimited to two one-hour visits per week.

The change went into effect Aug. 27 primarily because the jail in Placerville was being swamped with visitors.

“Now we’re more in line with what most other agencies are doing,” said Lt. Les Lovell, who runs the jail at South Lake Tahoe. “We’re still giving double the time required by law.”

Lovell said the old system was very liberal and often was more limiting to visitors than the inmate.

“It’s much more of an issue in Placerville,” he said. “They’d have one or two inmates control the entire visiting day, because it’s first come, first served.”

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