Ga. jail gets biometric locks as additional security

New devices require deputies to identify themselves using fingerprints to open doors


By C1 Staff

FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. – The Floyd County Jail recently installed new door locks that involve biometrics, as a way to up security.

The North West Georgian reports that the new devices require deputies to identify themselves using fingerprints to open doors. The devices also ensure the person accessing the door has a heartbeat.

The $1.9 million project is expected to be complete in April or May. Aside from the locks, cameras will also be installed and a video visitation system for inmates will be added.

The program for the video visitation system also allows inmates to file grievances electronically with jail staff and to send email.

Other upgrades include toilets that stop after they’ve been flushed twice, to prevent inmates from flooding them.

The jail is also receiving new control stations in jail towers, which will eliminate the need for officers to move from one side of the tower to another to access certain controls.

The jail is also adding a $2.2 million medical wing that will house 30 additional cells.

All upgrades are funded by a five-year, $65 million SPLOST passed by voters in Nov. 2013.

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