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Inmates return to Law Co Jail

Monday, February 1, 2010

Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay pointing out the new pink walls in the Lawrence County Jail and the protective screens placed over camera to prevent vandalism by inmates. [Darla Damrill, photo]
The Lawrence County Jail reopened on Monday and is now in full operation. The facility has been closed since last July due to safety issues that required a number of improvements.

According to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, there were five inmates at the jail on Monday morning and 21 inmates who were scheduled to be transferred from county jails that have provided housing for Lawrence County prisoners during the six months the jail was closed.The newly renovated jail provides a safer environment for dispatchers, jail administrators, and prisoners. The jail, which can house 52 prisoners, has been painted pink which Sheriff Brad DeLay says is a soothing color. Inmates will also wear pink jail uniforms.
Safety features that have been added at the jail include: * A barbed wire fence around the perimeter of the jail.

* Electrical work and wire mesh, which prevents inmates from having access to electrical wiring.

* New mechanically operated jail doors.

* Water shut-off valves for each individualized cell.

* A new software and security system, which allows jail administrators, officers and Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay to access and view several angles of the facility from staff computers.

Other upgrades at the facility include larger and more efficient kitchen appliances, which are used to prepare jail meals.

Total cost of improvements made at the jail are estimated at just over $450,000.

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