"It would take care of those employees who are victims of false allegations," DeLong said.
Also Monday, DeLong confirmed that about 20 employees at Western Regional Jail in Barboursville currently are suspended without pay, including 15 who are under investigation for instances of excessive use of force against inmates.
In one case, excessive force resulted in the hospitalization of an inmate, he said.
Not all of the suspended employees committed acts of violence against inmates, he said. Others participated in cover-ups under what DeLong called the "buddy system" at the regional jail: "See nothing. Report nothing. Do nothing."
"That culture concerns me more than the use of force," DeLong told legislators.
DeLong said the authority hopes to install surveillance cameras to monitor activity in the regional jails, but said the project will be expensive.
He said bids to install the first surveillance system, at Tygart Valley Regional Jail, came in at about $500,000.
"It is going to be a significant investment on the front end," he said.
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