The Boone County Jail has the capacity to house 424 maximum, medium and minimum security inmates at the main jail and 76 minimum security inmates at their workcamp facility. The jail services all law enforcement agencies in Boone County including the Florence Police Department, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, the Greater Cincinnati Airport Police Department, and the Kentucky State Police. Last year over 8,000 prisoners were processed through the County jail system. The Boone County Jail system consists of two facilities. The minimum security Work Camp located at 5359 Bullitsville Road 4/10 of a mile from the main jail which is located at 3020 Conrad Lane.
The Boone County Jail has a national reputation for efficiency. The Boone County Jail Work Program includes inmates cutting county grass, litter pickup, and dump site cleanup and provides over $700,000 worth of free labor to the county each year. The Jail Work Camp grows a garden each year to offset the food costs of the operation.
An important part of the jail’s mission statement is “The Boone County Jailer and Deputies strive to make the jail a community institution which is economically self sufficient and provides needed services to the Boone County Community through inmate labor.”
Kentucky is unique in that it is the only state in the union which has an elected jailer. The jailer is an elected partisan county officer who is elected every four years. The present Jailer Edward Prindle began his career at the jail in 1985. In 1986 he was promoted to Sergeant under Russell Luck. In 1987 when John Schickel was elected Jailer Edward Prindle was promoted to Chief Deputy. He served as Chief Deputy for 14 years.
In 2002 Edward Prindle was elected jailer of Boone County.
Jailer Prindle and his wife Diane live in Boone County with their 3 children. Both Edward and Diane have lived their entire life in Boone County.