Wednesday, March 03, 1999

Glitch opens cell doors

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A computer malfunction Tuesday opened cell doors on the ninth floor of the Kenton County Detention Center, but escape was never a possibility for 25 to 30 prisoners there, jail officials said.

        “There was never any danger to anyone in the community,” jail Maj. Rodney Ballard said.

        The glitch, which occurred about 1 p.m., opened cell doors, but prisoners remained confined within a secure cell block, Maj. Ballard said. They were moved to other secure rooms while the problem was worked on, he said.

        “They were never in an unsecured area,” Maj. Ballard said.

        The problem was fixed late Tuesday.

        “Around 10:30 p.m., everybody was back in their cells,” he said.

        Jail officials plan to meet with the computer system manufacturer today to discuss the malfunction, Maj. Ballard said.


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