New Cameras Sought After Two Die At Gaston Jail
A lack of images to provide the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation team in the time leading up to the recent deaths of two inmates in the Gaston County jail has prompted the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office to earmark $60,000 for surveillance equipment.
Although the images might not have stopped the deaths, county manager Jan Winters feels that pictures could have at least clarified the circumstances.
The money will be spent on 37 digital cameras, which would be able to erase stored images quickly by recording constantly on the same tape.
An increase in the amount of money the federal government pays for each inmate and holding more federal inmates than budget projections has provided the $60,000 for Gaston County to spend.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Charlotte Observer (09/08/04) P. 2B; Appelbaum, Binyamin .