Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Richland County plans on hiring a 3rd party audit agency to audit the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center and it's operations.
The decision was made in a subcommittee created to figure out how to improve jail operations after a beating incident that happened earlier this year and left inmate Robert Sweeper in the hospital.
Jail guards were terminated after the incident.
County Councilman Seth Rose the subcommittee wants an expert who can provide information on proper pay for employees, technology upgrades, and general jail safety protocols.
"Certainly as a county council, we're not experts at running a detention center. So, I think it's important to get an outside opinion from somebody who is an expert in this field," Rose said. "Even without some of the issues we've been having with our detention center as of late, I think it's important every so often have this review done. It's been five years since a review so it's time for us to take a look at it and see how we can improve."
Councilman Rose says the county has already installed more cameras in the jail to help with monitoring the interactions between guards and inmates.
He says the audit company should be hired sometime in October and their findings returned in the first part of 2014.