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Woodbury Co. Jail uses contingency funds to improve security

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) - Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew said the jail is having problems with locking devices in 89 cell doors. 

He said jailers would communicate with master control and their system showed the doors were "locked," but when officers manually checked them, the cell doors were actually unlocked.

The solution is to re-wire each of the doors. 

Sheriff Dave Drew said it's important to keep up with the changing technology. 

"With newer technology versus 1987 technology, it's all changed. And, this is going to help the master control center secondary to understand and be able to see what doors are secured and locked. Secured is one thing, but make sure that thing is locked ," Drew said. 

The upgrade is expected to cost $11,000. 

And, the county's finance/operations controller Dennis Butler said the money will come from the jail's remodeling contingency fund. 
 
Butler says this fund started with $70,000 and after this project, they will only have about $4,500. 
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