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Computer virus hits Marion County Jail

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The Marion County Jail's reporting system is out of service after being attacked by a computer virus over the weekend.
By Danny Henley, Courier-Post Reporter
Posted: Oct. 2, 2018 9:20 am

The Marion County Jail's reporting system is out of service after being attacked by a computer virus over the weekend.

Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said the virus, which struck at approximately 3 a.m. Saturday, "wiped out everything" stored in the jail's Lawman Records Management System.

Despite technicians working on the problem over the weekend, little progress had been made as of Monday's Marion County Commission meeting.

"It is a total mess right now," Shinn said.

As of Monday, the Marion County Jail housed 24 federal inmates. Among the data lost were all of the jail's inmate photos.

"We back up (the jail's database) every day," Shinn said. "That's the funny part, all the photos were supposed to be backed up, and they still haven't been able to retrieve them yet."

Shinn is ready to revert to a simpler record-keeping system. "Why can't we go back to typewriters? Let's go back to typing out our reports. We never had this problem before," he said.



New lights

A recent inspection of the Marion County Jail by U.S. Marshals found that cell lights required repairs after they were pulled low by prisoners. Shinn said it was a risk to prisoner safety and possible self-harm.

New stainless steel lights are being installed. The new lighting system utilizes a magnetic strip. There are no light bulbs in the new fixtures.

"(U.S. Marshals) did not say you're going to do it or else we are going to jerk the federal inmate contract,” Shinn said. “But when they speak, you have got to listen."

danny.henley@courierpost.com



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