ShasCo jail inmate visits suspended amidst growing coronavirus concerns

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. — Amidst growing concerns of how to mitigate the potential for spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Custody Division announced today that the county would be temporarily suspending all inmate visitation at the county’s sole jail facility, effective this morning at 8 a.m.

Although no inmates currently housed at the Shasta County Jail in Redding have been diagnosed with having coronavirus, sheriff’s officials said this morning that they will continue collaborative efforts with the Public Health Division of Health and Human Services (HHSA) and the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) to mitigate the virus’ spread.


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“Visitation will be suspended for a period of 14-days, at which point, the need to continue the suspension will be reviewed by administration,” Shasta County Sheriff’s Custody Division Captain Gene Randall said today in a release. “Although visitation will be suspended, inmates have access to live video conferencing, where they can conduct visits via the Internet.”

“It should be noted that scheduled tours and other non-essential visitors will not be permitted access to the facility,” Randall continued; saying, “Furthermore, the suspension of visitation is not unique; other jurisdictions in the State of California have elected to suspend in-person visitation in accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order No. 25-20.”

In addition to suspending inmate visitation as a means of stopping the spread of coronavirus among the inmate population, the Shasta County Jail has also implemented additional medical screening procedures during the intake process to minimize the risk of exposure to personnel and the inmate population.

The jail’s administration has also been working with the facility’s medical provider to develop contingency plans should an inmate test positive for the coronavirus, according to Randall.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.

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