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Charlotte jail to get safety fencing on 2nd floor

Posted at 2:39 PM, Sep 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 14:39:48-04

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. --- County commissioners have voting to spend $2 million of your tax dollars on a safety fence inside the county jail.   This in response to recent suicides.

In the last three years two inmates have jumped to their deaths from the second-story rail, which is about 12-feet above the ground floor.

Some people criticized the plan, claiming the fence is too expensive.  But over the summer, Fox 4 spoke with Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell, who says inmate safety is a real concern, and he believes the fence is especially needed.