A Lexington County correctional officer who implemented the jail's program that screens inmates for their immigration status has been promoted.
Kevin Jones, 44, was promoted Tuesday to captain and will serve as assistant commander of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department Detention and Court Services Bureau, Sheriff James Metts said. He has worked at the county detention center since November 1995. He most recently has served as a lieutenant and supervised the detention center's support services division.
In September, the detention center signed an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement where specially trained correctional officers screen everyone booked into the jail for immigration status. Since the program has been in place, the inmate population has been reduced by 10 percent as illegal immigrants have been turned over to federal immigration authorities, Metts said.
"Kevin is an educated, mature thinker who has worked his way up the correctional ranks and strongly merited promotion to the rank of captain," Metts said. "Kevin has worked hard to enhance his qualifications as a professional in the correctional field. Kevin inspires correctional officers under his command to take pride in supervising inmates in a professional manner."