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First steps to improve, expand Nash County detention center approved

Posted May 5, 2020 6:48 p.m. EDT

Renovations planned for Nash County jail after multiple inmates escape

Nash County has approved one of the first steps to improve and expand the detention center.

County Commissioners have signed off on a $792,000 contract with an architecture firm to draw up plans for a $10 million, 94-bed addition. The plans also includes new security cameras which are scheduled to be installed before the end of the month.

In March 2019, five inmates were able to escape through a hole in a fence. A few weeks later a single inmate made a similar escape. The jail was shut down in November over safety concerns.

WRAL has learned the new cameras should eliminate any potential blind spots at the facility.

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