Sheriff takes additional steps to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19

Staff Report

On March 131h, 2020 Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini announced that all inmate visitations within the Scioto County Jail were suspended until further notice.

The decision was based upon the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the legal recommendation of the Scioto County Prosecutors Office and the recommendation of the Scioto County Health Commissioner.

Sheriff Donini, after receiving additional legal guidance from the Scioto County Prosecutors Office took additional steps to further reduce the risk of the spread of the coronavirus within the jail where the average daily population routinely reaches 190 inmates.

Effective March 17th, 2020 at 5:00 pm all routine non-essential services provided by the Scioto County Sheriffs Office Administrative Office shall be suspended until April 20, 2020, or until further notice. The interior door to the Sheriff’s Office lobby shall remain locked until further notice. This action is in accordance with the Ohio Department of Health Director’s Order issued March 15, 2020, which includes an “Order to Limit Access to Ohio’s Jails and Detention Facilities”.

The routine non-essential services that have been suspended include the processing of civilian background checks, the processing of accepting applications and conducting fingerprint background checks for carry concealed applicants and the process of accepting cash deposits from family members and friends to be placed upon commissary accounts of inmates currently incarcerated within the Scioto County Jail.

Family members and friends who want to leave monetary deposits for inmates can so online by contacting our vendor at the following link: or by calling 1-866-345-1884. Please note these alternatives will require the use of a credit or d.ebit card.

Sheriff Donini states that the process of registering of Sex Offenders is NOT being suspended and all sex offenders are still required to register as scheduled. However, modifications have been implemented to the normal method of processing all sex offenders, which will not require them to enter the facility.

Sheriff Donini apologizes for any inconveniences this may cause the residents and business owners within Scioto County but states his main concern is for the safety of employees, inmates and you the residents of Scioto County. We are hoping that by following the advice of the medical experts we too will be helping to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus among the employees in the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, the inmates and most importantly our community.

Staff Report