Life goes on as inmates, deputies spend Christmas at jail

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — It was business as usual on Christmas at the Sedgwick County jail, which houses 1,000 inmates.

Lt. Rhonda Freeman, the highest in the chain of command for the day, told deputies on Christmas morning that “You might have folks a little depressed, so let’s try to be kind today,” the Wichita Eagle reported.

On Christmas Eve, there were three incidents, including one that involved the use of a Taser on an inmate after he tried to bit a deputy. The jail averages one or two fights a day.

Twenty-one people were arrested on Christmas Eve, which for a holiday is quite a bit, said Cpl. Jason Neil, who has worked at the jail for 11 years. Most of the holiday bookings were people with arrest warrants, Deputy Kayla Keith said.

“We see the worst of what happens on holidays,” Cpl. Robbie Kogle said. “Family members get mad at each other, drink too much.”


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