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Public gets peek at Franklin County's new jail

April 29, 2007

The new Franklin County (Pa.) Jail, on Opportunity Avenue in the Cumberland Valley Business Park, will be dedicated Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The jail cost about $30 million to build, but has state-of-the-art security. There will be little privacy, with 115 surveillance cameras covering the building inside and out. Warden John Wetzel said he can review anything captured by any camera as far back as a month. One corrections officer can manage each block, using a wireless handheld device to lock and unlock cell doors, operate cell intercoms and lights, communicate with staff or summon help, if necessary.

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