By Eric Norwood Jr.
PNT staff writer
The Roosevelt County Commission approved a request to replace 38 bunks in the Roosevelt County Detention Center.
Replacing of the bunks is a safety measure as inmates used broken bed legs to puncture holes in the ceiling in escapes in June and September, officials said.
“In both breakouts, these bed legs were used to escape,” County Commissioner Kendell Buzard said. “But they also could be used as weapons, which could lead to bigger problems. We have an issue over there at the detention center and this is the first step to fixing that problem,”
The new bunks will be bolted into the floor at four points, according to Detention Center Administrator David Casanova. The old bunks were not bolted down and they were welded into the wall. The detention center already has some of the same style newer bunks, and the final 38 bunks will be the last to be replaced.
“We currently have 64 of the newer bunks. These final 38 bunks we are ordering are just like the newer ones,” said Casanova.
The county will be paying just more than $22,000 for the new bunks. Casanova expects them to be delivered in 10 to 12 weeks.
“They still have to build them. I talked to them today and they are getting the metal and everything ready,” Casanova said.