Feedback: Family Upset Inmate Was Transferred Without Notice


There are 144 available beds in the Jefferson County Jail.

The numbers of prisoners pushes 200, which means there are 50 Jefferson County inmates sent to serve their time throughout the state.

"We don't saddle other jails with our problem inmates. We keep them right here. So if they're a well behaved inmate, they would be a candidate to be shipped out to another facility," said Sheriff John Burns.

Burns says 19 year old Aaron Kay is a model inmate, which is why he will be serving the remaining four months of his one-year sentence at the Albany County Jail. 

Kay's family found out Tuesday, the day after the transfer was completed.

They never had a last chance to see Aaron before he left.

"Why couldn't they have called us a day or two ahead of time, let us know he's being transferred, let us see him one more time," said Aaron's father, Andy Kay.

The sheriff calls it a security precaution.

"We're not going to put out there that we're going to be moving him on Monday at 10 o'clock because he could have friends that are going to be waiting to maybe assist him in an escape," said Burns.

It's possible the jail could increase it's population by 30 in the coming months, but for now inmates will continue to come and go.

One father just wants them to be treated fairly.

"Anybody deserves better than that, not just because he's my son, but to me it's a little inhumane the way it was done," said Andy Kay.

When we asked Andy if he plans to make the trip down to Albany any time soon, he said he didn't know.

Before the transfer, he saw Aaron twice a week.

But now that he's over three hours away, with money tight, family members say they'll be lucky if they see him once every two weeks.

Aaron is serving time for a conviction for animal cruelty and violating an order of protection.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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