Commissioners OK new locks at Grainger County Jail

Commissioners OK new locks at Grainger County Jail

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Monday night, county commissioners were able to ask investigators about the escape as well as the jail's current safety status. Monday night, county commissioners were able to ask investigators about the escape as well as the jail's current safety status.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

RUTLEDGE (WATE) - Commissioners approved new locks at the Grainger County Jail. They voted Monday night to spend roughly $64,000 to install new locks as soon as possible. This in an effort to ramp up security after three inmates escaped from jail earlier this month.

Monday night, county commissioners were able to ask investigators about the escape as well as the jail's current safety status.

Proposed changes include new fencing, security cameras, software upgrades and locks, which cost upwards of $163,000.

County leaders say they've already repaired screens on the windows, but more steps need to be taken.

"Without the fence they can still get up close to the buildings. That's the reason they've been breaking out their windows. They break the windows out and then someone can just walk up the outside and stick contraband through the window," said Grainger County Mayor Mark Hipsher.

District Attorney General, Jimmy Dunn, says currently the jail is not safe enough to protect the inmates, staff, and public.

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