Prison tour shows cell doors won't close
BATON ROUGE- After a proposed tax to build a new prison failed in the Metro Council, Warden Dennis Grimes is hoping to highlight problems that could spark change for his facility.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Prison has beds for 1,594 inmates and is at full capacity. Parts of the prison are more than half a century old and falling apart because of rust.
"The biggest security issue here is that the doors are in bad shape," said Grimes, "if an inmate jumps on it and rides it enough the door will open because the mechanism is so worn and old and that poses a security problem for us when their out there, they're able to open the door and come out."
Right now, he says his deputies are doing the best they can with the tools they have, but hopes the Metro Council will see the need to allow the voters to decide on a tax.
"The physical plan is not conducive to what we're trying to do and what needs to be done, it's basically falling apart everyday and everyone is trying to do what we can to maintain what we got, and doing what we have to do, but at some point we're going to have to do something and I think that point is now," said Grimes.