Fulton County jail gets new locks for inmate cell doors - CBS46 News

Fulton County jail gets new locks for inmate cell doors

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Jails like Fulton County's are designed to keep criminals locked up and away from the general public.

"Everyone should realize jails in general are dangerous places," said Colonel Mark Adger. "We are doing everything we can to make the environment as safe as it can be."

Donnie Weeks' backyard is about as close to the Fulton County jail as you can get.

"When all of this [trees and shrubs] is dead we have an excellent view of the jail," said Weeks.

Weeks said in the three years that he has lived next to the jail, he and his neighbors have only experienced a few minor problems.

"One time they had an inmate on the first floor, he opened a window and he was screaming in the parking lot, but they changed that real quick," said Weeks.

Weeks is happy to find out Fulton County is now taking extra measures to keep the criminals from getting out.

"It was a huge problem up until the time that we moved these inmates into this housing unit with the upgraded cell door locks. They were popping out of their cells," said Adger. "They could come out and assault staff, assault other inmates on a regular basis and break into cells and steal other inmate's property."

Jail officials said the new locks are tamper proof. The red and green lights on the new locks let guards know immediately if the cell doors are safely locked.

"The lock is designed to absorb a lot of damage where as the older locks were damage prone and wore out frequently," said Adger.

Weeks supports the $5 million tax dollars used to provide the jail with more than 1,300 new locks.

"Absolutely, if they will keep the criminals in their cells and provide better safety for employees," said Weeks.

Only a few of the locks have been installed. The rest of them will be installed by April 2014.

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