White County Sheriff Doug Maier has taken a number of dramatic steps to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Effective immediately, only defendants or plaintiffs will be allowed into the courtroom at the White County courthouse. No family members or friends may accompany defendants into the courtroom. The ban does not apply to attorneys or other court personnel.
While the White County Sheriff's Department will continue to provide all of the critical services to the residents of the county, officers will not respond to all calls for service by sending an officer to the scene. “For non emergency calls, an officer will contact the citizen and determine if the call can be handled over the phone,” Sheriff Maier said. “We will attempt to handle most calls in this manner.”
Sheriff Maier added that effective immediately, there will be no in person visits at the jail. All contact visits will have to be made from a remote location. Additionally, all inmates brought into the Carmi-White County jail will be asked a series of questions to determine their risk of exposure to the Coronavirus also - officials with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois have announced that all civil and criminal trials and hearings that require in person appearances will be continued until further notice. The order affects both facilities in Benton and East St. Louis. Officials added that federal inmates will receive non-intrusive medical exams to determine their risk for contracting COVID-19.