JAIL GETS SLIGHT MAKEOVER
C-T, February 1, 2012
CAPTION: The Livingston County Jail is getting a new look with the common areas of
the facility being painted a bright yellow. Bobby Turner, deputy and
detention officer (right), works alongside a trustee as they paint one
wall of the facility. In all, seven offenders (including two trustees) and
some sheriff personnel are doing the work. The remaining offenders were
transported to detention facilities in Caldwell and Grundy counties while
the work takes place. The reason for selecting bright yellow is to enhance
visibility through surveillance cameras (as shown) because the color provides a greater contrast than the previous neutral color.
C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley
The Livingston County Jail is getting an interior makeover, of sorts, this
week with a new coat of paint throughout. Most of the 25 offenders were moved from the jail on Monday and taken to
detention facilities in Caldwell and Grundy counties in order for the
work to take place. Seven offenders, including two trustees, are
doing most of the work (scraping, cleaning, priming and painting) under
sheriff's department supervision. They began work Tuesday morning and
were expected to finish today (Wednesday) or tomorrow, according to
Sheriff Steve Cox.
The common areas for offenders are being painted bright yellow. The
reason for selecting this color is to make it easier for detention
officers to see what is happening through the surveillance cameras. The
bright color provides a greater contrast to individuals than the previous
neutral color, Cox said. Most of the paint was original to when the
facility was built in 1978. Cox said he had been wanting to have the facility painted for a
while and noted that now was a good time because the jail's population was at 25,
much lower than its average of around 40-plus offenders.
The offenders were moved out of the facility because of necessary work
that needed to be done to the facility's heating and cooling system and
as well as its electric system. Since the offenders needed to be
temporarily relocated anyway because of the heating and cooling system
work, the sheriff decided that now was a good time to paint the facility.
Most everything in the jail is being painted, including the cell walls
and doors, bed frames, tables and hallways.