Jefferson County Jail to Host Public Tour on September 9

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Renovations to the Jefferson County Jail will be completed and ready for the public to view on Saturday, September 9.

Warden Tom Elbel said work is nearly complete with the exception of landscaping.

A public tour will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 9.

The proposed policy change for getting work-release inmates back into the jail was mentioned by Elbel, but because it wasn’t discussed at the commissioners meeting, it will have to wait until the September 26 jail board meeting.

The commissioners said they would put it on the agenda for the next meeting to be held on Tuesday, September 12.

The jail board stated there was nothing new to report in reference to 24-year-old David Eugene Aikens, the jail inmate who died on July 21 while returning from his work release job.

“The state police are still investigating,” Commissioner Jack Matson said. “Other than what I’ve read in the papers, we don’t have any more information than we did before.”

The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Criminal Investigation Unit, has been assigned to conduct an investigation into the death of Aikens.

Police said Aikens was returning to the jail on July 21 around 5:00 p.m. when he suffered a medical emergency. He was transported to Allegheny General Hospital where he died.

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