Broome County Jail Security System Upgrade

- The Broome County Jail is looking to get a new security and communications system upgrade.

Major Mark Smolinsky of the Broome County Sheriff's Office Corrections Division says it is needed.

The actual backbone of the control system has technology that dates back to the mid 1990's and has likely surpassed its life expectancy.

The request for the $625,000 system overhaul, including better quality cameras and monitors, was actually requested last year, but the county decided to delay the project. The cost will be paid for through inmate fees.

Major Smolinsky says the jail is safe, but upgrades are needed for both the officers and inmates sake.

"It provides a higher level of security from visible means. You'll be able to monitor areas more closely, the visitation room for example and helping to control the introduction of contraband through contact visits," said Smolinsky.

The number of cameras on the new system will increase by 20 for a total of 140.

The Broome County Legislature is expected to vote on allowing the upgrade at its meeting tomorrow.

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