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Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Announces First Medication-Assisted Treatment Graduation

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Media Contact: Deanna LeBlanc
 October 27, 2020
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The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce the first graduating class of our medication-assisted treatment program (MAT). On Monday, October 26th, 12 men received certificates of completion for the inaugural program.

MAT, which is funded through a Dept. of Criminal Justice Services Grant, is an intensive 12-week counseling and behavioral therapy program designed to treat substance abuse disorders. Three days before their scheduled release, participants will also be given an injection of Vivitrol – a drug that blocks the effects of opioids and helps to prevent relapse. The Norfolk City Jail is the first on the Southside to offer this wrap-around program.

“It wasn’t easy. Especially opening up and sharing and trusting some of our most trusted secrets amongst total strangers,” one participant shared in a speech at the ceremony. “You taught us how to look into the mirror of truth and fix the things that were broken in our lives… Thank you for caring about us especially when most of us didn’t even care about ourselves.”

  • Vivitrol Grads 1
  • Vivitrol Grads 2
  • Vivitrol Grads 3

    Sheriff Joe Baron set a purpose for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office in 2019 to make a positive difference in the lives of others as far as we can reach.

    “96% of the people in our care are going to return to our community. How they return is up to us,” Sheriff Joe Baron said. “If we can make a positive difference in their lives by offering evidence-based programming, the hope is not only will we reduce recidivism but we will make lasting changes in our neighborhoods and for our city.”

    “When I go home and get out of here I’m going to try to talk to the troubled youth out there so they don’t make the same mistakes I made,” explained another graduate. “I lost my mom, my dad, my brother, my daughter. I’ve been through a lot.” “I used to be a part of the problem, I want to be part of the solution now.”

    Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander was in attendance at the ceremony, as well.

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    The Norfolk Sheriff's Office is a values driven organization
    committed to 
    public safety, public service, and public trust.

     

     

    UPDATE: Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron to require COVID-19 testing of all employees and inmates

     

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Media Contact: Deanna LeBlanc
     April 24, 2020
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    NORFOLK, Va. - In an unprecedented effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus, Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron is now requiring COVID-19 testing of all Norfolk Sheriff’s Office employees and all inmates residing in the Norfolk City Jail.

    This decision comes one day after Sentara Healthcare administered approximately 72 tests to inmates living on and staff working on the same floor as the first COVID-positive NCJ inmate. As of this release, 26 tests have come back positive, 3 have come back negative and 43 results are still pending. Of the 26 COVID-positives, nearly all were asymptomatic at the time of testing.

    “This aggressive and proactive testing is the only way to identify asymptomatic carriers of the virus,” Sheriff Joe Baron said. “Global pandemics pose a high risk to congregant-style facilities such as jails, and we cannot fight against an invisible enemy. Now that we have confirmed COVID-19 is in the Norfolk City Jail, it is imperative that we understand how far reaching it is. This will help us to develop a comprehensive plan to protect our inmates and staff. We will continue to work closely with the Norfolk Health Department and the Virginia Department of Health and follow their guidance.”

    If you have questions about COVID-19 related impacts to the Norfolk City Jail, and for information on ongoing efforts to mitigate COVID-19, please visit our dedicated website: https://norfolk-sheriff.com/coronavirus.

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    The Norfolk Sheriff's Office is a values driven organization
    committed to 
    public safety, public service, and public trust.

     

     

    First Norfolk City Jail inmate tests positive for COVID-19

     

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Media Contact: Deanna LeBlanc
     April 23, 2020
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    (NORFOLK, Va.) APRIL 23rd 2020: A Norfolk City Jail inmate is in medical isolation in good condition after testing positive for COVID-19.

    The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with our medical provider and the Virginia Department of Health are closely monitoring the inmate. The inmate has been given the opportunity to place a free call to notify loved ones.

    The individual’s floor was placed on a 14-day quarantine at the onset of the inmate’s symptoms per recommendations from the Virginia Department of Health’s Epidemic Team and the Centers for Disease Control. Additionally, the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office has partnered with Sentara Healthcare to expedite testing of all inmates on that floor, to aggressively stem any spread of the virus by asymptomatic persons. All staff who work in that area of the jail will also be tested. Results are expected within 24 to 48 hours.

    “The health and safety of those in our care and our staff is our top priority. As the Coronavirus began spreading into the Commonwealth, it became clear that it would not be a matter of ‘if’ COVID-19 would come into the Norfolk City Jail, but rather a matter of ‘when,’” Sheriff Joe Baron said. “While this news is disheartening, it is not surprising. Our fight against COVID-19 is an aggressive one. We have decreased the jail population to record lows, have enacted numerous proactive safety measures, and today we will test more than 60 people to identify anyone who may be an asymptomatic spreader of COVID-19. We must all do our part to slow the spread of this virus.”

    The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office proactive measures include:

    • Screening any admits before being booked into the jail
    • Stopping any non-essential personnel from entering the jail (such as volunteers and contractors)
    • Placing all new admits in a 14-day medical observation before entering general population
    • Working with courts, public defender, and Commonwealth’s Attorney to lower jail population by nearly 30% (a 40-year low)
    • Providing PPE to staff and inmates as needed
    • Requiring masks for jail staff
    • Establishing isolation and quarantine protocols
    • Establishing environmental team to thoroughly clean and disinfect all areas multiple times per day
    • Educating inmates on good hygiene and COVID-19 symptoms
    • Waiving medical co-pays for any inmate experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms

    The NSO has established a new webpage www.norfolk-sheriff.com/coronavirus. There, you can find out more about COVID-19 related impacts to jail and court operations, and FAQs. Weekly updates on Fridays by 3 p.m. on the number of deputies or inmates COVID-19 positive will also be posted. Please visit that page for further information.

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    committed to 
    public safety, public service, and public trust.

     

     



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