NE Indiana jail upgrades include better cell doors

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Improvements at a northeastern Indiana jail include tamper-free doors that will prevent prisoners from leaving their cells in the middle of the night.

Huntington County Jail Commander Jeff Kyle tells WANE-TV ( ) said the old cell doors could be popped open with combs and inmates at times would leave their cells after "lights out" and take showers, roam around cell blocks or fight others.

The new doors are among $520,000 in improvements at the jail about 20 miles southwest of Fort Wayne. Others are more security cameras and a digitized control panel that allows staff to access cameras on their desktop computers and to remotely operate doors to cell blocks.

Kyle said the upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of March.

The jail was built in 1983.

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