Benton County Justice Center adding security cameras

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -- The Benton County Justice Center is taking a new step to make sure the campus is safe: arming itself with new security cameras.

Benton County will be spending more than $2 million to add more than 300 new security cameras. Cameras will be added to the jail and courthouses, as well as hallways. Last year, the county purchased a security system but knew they wanted to expand on it. Officials say it will help keep staff and inmates safer.

"Well, I can tell you it's a very valuable tool that we need to maintain the safety and security of the facility and the inmates that we see over," said Lt. Scott Souza.

Staff say all the cameras will be installed next summer.