OCEAN CITY, Md. - Locks onjail cells in Ocean City apparently malfunction, and with beach seasonapproaching, there's a rush to fix the security failure. The town councilrecently approved over $116,000 to replace the faulty system.
Last summer, officials saya "catastrophic" computer glitch caused access doors to the bookingarea to unlock and lock at random, and the system that remotely opens jailcells failed, forcing police to go to manual mode.
In the meantime, police want to assure thepublic that there is no risk of inmates getting away -- the issue is more of asafety precaution for its employees.
"Now that our employeeshave to fiddle with the keys and open the doors manually, while they're puttinga detainee in a cell, it kind of distracts them from making sure the detaineeis completely cooperative and confrontational in any way. So it does limit ourliability," public information officer for Ocean City PD Lindsey O'Neal said.
O'Neal also says that it's highly unlikely,but if one of the jail cell doors happens to unlock, there are multiple layersof security that would make it difficult for anyone to escape.