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Woodbury Co. jail still searching for way to use surplus on cameras

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Woodbury County jail staff say there are several blind spots in the jail that crews can't monitor. Woodbury County jail staff say there are several blind spots in the jail that crews can't monitor.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

In the midst of a $1.2 million renovation, bids for work at the Woodbury County Jail have been lower that expected. So, there's about $250,000 to spend.

Jail staff say the priority should be cameras. They say there are still several "blind spots" inside the facility where the crews can't monitor inmates.

"We stood in the pod areas and we looked at where the hidden areas are and the big pillars from how it was structured, they can get around there and we can't see what's going on," said Lynette Phillips, Lt. jail administrator for the Woodbury County Jail.

The biggest hurdle for the county is determining how they can get the most cameras for the project. County leaders also want to know if it would be cheaper to add them all at once, or over time.

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