YERINGTON - Starting Monday, any time is visiting time at the Lyon County Jail in Yerington.
Visiting hours will spread across the entire 24-hour day, seven days a week. This replaces the current policy allowing visits only from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday and Sunday and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Jail officials noted the limited visiting hours often resulted with as many as 20 people waiting in a small lobby at the same time, said Lyon County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Page, the jail commander.
He said a normal visiting day entails between 12 and 20 people, though some days can be as low as one visitor or as high as 60 visitors. Processing visitors is cumbersome because the jail has only four visiting booths with 25-minute visiting cycles.
Jail staff thought up the unique 24-hour policy to counter the unpredictability and volume of jail visits, Page said.
"We look at it as a less staff intensive issue," Page said. "We're not getting burdened with 20 people at the same time."
Advanced reservations are required with the new any time, any day policy. Walk-up visits will no longer be accepted, Page said.
To schedule visiting an inmate, call the jail at 463-6615 or 577-5024.