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June 13, 2024

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Detention Center Needs Upgrades

Sheriff Doug Farmer informed the County Commissioners about the urgent need to upgrade the outdated security camera system in the jail during their Jan. 16 meeting. A partial system failure earlier that month brought attention to the issue, revealing a potential inability to repair the antiquated system. The Detention Center, still on Accurate Controls software version 5, faces risks, including safety concerns for both staff and inmates if cameras fail. The county also risks closure if the system isn’t upgraded, as state regulations mandate modern supervision systems in detention facilities. Commissioner John Smith raised concerns about ambiguous contract language, prompting further discussion and a request to update the quote from Accurate Controls. The immediate upgrade is crucial due to the system’s continuous use throughout the year.

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