New Alabama jail's video system malfunctioning

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The new Huntsville-Madison County Jail,
long delayed by construction issues, has another problem: a
malfunctioning video visitation system.

City Attorney Peter Joffrion sent a letter to jail general contractor Lee Builders on Friday demanding the return of $798,725 that the city had paid for the faulty video equipment.

Cornerstone Detention Products, a subcontractor to Lee, installed the system in 2007 but has never been able to get it running.

Jeff Easter, the city's general services director, says Lee Builders offered a $200,000 credit toward a new system but has not been willing to provide a refund.

Easter says the system was supposed to be operational by Dec.
31, and the problems threaten to derail the city's promise to turn
the jail over to the county this fall.

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