East Tennessee Jail Web Cam Jeopardizes Security, May Be Removed


Nashville (AP) -- An East Tennessee county that has beamed live 24-hour video from its jail on the internet for nearly six years may nix the practice.

The video may be suspended in Anderson County following complaints of harassment and security concerns.

Some viewers have been using the cameras to harass female jailers by calling them on the telephone and taunting them as they work.

In other cases, viewers are tracking inmate movements and using the information to coordinate deliveries of contraband to prisoners on work details outside the jail.

Anderson County authorities believe the practice is likely the only one in the country. The Anderson County site had logged more than 8.8 million web hits as of Tuesday.

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