Improvement Recommendations for Gadsden County Jail

Improvement Recommendations for Gadsden County Jail
Posted at 6:45 AM, May 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-20 06:45:00-04

QUINCY, Fla.(WTXL)- The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office is taking a closer look at areas in the jail that need improvement, following an inmate escape Sunday night.

Major Robert Barkley said the lack of cameras and fencing reinforcement made it easier for inmate and murder suspect, Gregory Sapp to escape.  He wants to focus on adding cement around the fencing area, installing two more cameras and a watch tower in the blind spot of the recreation yard, and look into repairing some small structural issues like the broken windows in the inmate visitation area.

Major Barkley said "we want be able to watch inmates from a tower outside in the recreation yard, to help us be able to observe inmates while they're outside, so what we need to do, what we are going to do is make sure when they're out there, we have all means in place as possible to make sure anything will not happen."

The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners stated that the county has spent over $350,000 on the jail's maintenance and over $600,000 on repairs and are planning a workshop for the county and sheriff's office to discuss future renovations and funding for the jail.