Bids opened for a new camera system at Lawrence County Jail

BEDFORD – An inspection of the jail noted that several security issues needed to be addressed for the jail to be brought up to date and meet safety standards for both the inmates and staff.

Left to right: Commissioner Wally Branham, President Dustin Gabhart, and Commissioner Rodney Fish

One of the most significant was the need to replace the old security cameras with new ones. The preliminary estimate, given after consultation but before bids, is at $616,535.

The Lawrence County Commissioners opened two bids for updating the camera system and a third requesting to submit a bid soon. They took those bids under advisement.

One of the older cameras

The new security systems will:

  • Bring security measures up to date with 2023 jail standards
  • Improve video quality
  • Increase video duration
  • Address/minimalize camera blind spots
  • Add audio recording
  • Fix the jail door interlock system
Sheriff Greg Day

Sheriff Greg Day reported there were 105 inmates housed at the jail this morning, of those 87 were males, 18 were females, 14 were Department of Correction holds, one was a parole hold, and seven were Level 6 felons.