THOMAS COUNTY, GA (WALB) - The Thomas County Sheriff's Office wants $72,000 to upgrade the security system at the jail.
Last month an electrical short in the jail's outdated control board caused the security system to shut down. Because the parts and equipment are so old, it took a month to repair.
During that month, jail workers had to use keys to open individual cell doors. That took them away from their other duties and increased the risk for error. The last upgrade the system had was more than 10 years ago.
"We haven't had an escape here in many years, and that's what we're trying to prevent," said Captain John Richards with the Thomas County Sheriff's Office.
The upgrade will include a computer-driven system instead of a control board. Captain Richards says the system has needed the upgrade for several years but with budget cuts and a tough economy, they've held off.
The sheriff's office will make their request this month. Budget hearings will take place in November. The 2010 budget will be considered for adoption in December.