A few prisoners in the newly constructed Riverside
Jail have forced city officials to reevaluate
the facility's infrastructure.
After spending $6 million on the new public safety
building, the Riverside Board of Aldermen recently
approved a $9,400 expenditure to replace four
jail cell doors. The decision came after two incidents
occurred involving a prisoner kicking and damaging
the commercial-grade door on a cell.
According to Administrative Coordinator Dawn
Gish of Riverside Public Safety, the funds appropriated
by the board of aldermen will be used to purchase
1 3/4" detention doors for two multi-holding,
isolation and intake cells. The doors will be
the same as the current padded cell door and slider
door for entrance into the holding area.
Interim Public Safety Chief and Captain Tom Archibald
said when the facility was being constructed they
didnt see the metal doors as a problem,
because they were going from experience with the
former jail, which still had wooden doors.
When the facility was built we thought
the doors would be adequate for the length of
time the prisoner would be in there, said
The last buildings doors were wood
and we hadnt had an incident where the prisoner
would break through the door. So when we moved
we thought metal would be better than wood and
we wouldnt have an issue.
However Archibald stated they didnt account
for the larger cell size when choosing the cell
These cells are twice the size of the old
detention rooms we had. Now, these prisoners are
able to get a running start and damage the door,
where before they couldnt get a good start
to hit the door, said Archibald.
The new doors are expected to be installed within
the next month and will be installed by Bratton
Corporation of Kansas City, Mo.