ALTON - If you have to be locked up, the Alton Police Department Jail is as good a place as any.
The city's jail recently was rated at 100 percent by both the U.S. Marshals Service inspector and the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Running a jail is a lot more complicated than most people realize, because officers must document that proper security checks are made, the food and medicine are being given and recreation time is available, along with other requirements, Jail Superintendent Shane Gibbs said.
Just keeping the jail clean can be a significant accomplishment, because some of the prisoners, especially the frequent visitors, have no respect for themselves or others and may make a mess of their cells, Gibbs said.
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