- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) - The Kankakee County Board has rejected a proposal to seek bids for a new fingerprint-reading security system for a jail where an inmate escaped last month.

The (Kankakee) Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1Pj8G0s ) reports that on Tuesday the board cited financial constraints in deciding against seeking bids for the system that costs an estimated $69,300.

The new system would have required jail employees to swipe keycards and scan their fingerprints to get through various checkpoints.

On April 1, inmate Kamron Taylor overpowered a guard, stole his uniform and put it on before passing through three checkpoints monitored by video cameras. Taylor was captured three days later in Chicago and this week was sentenced to 107 years for a 2013 murder for which he was convicted in February.

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Information from: The Daily Journal, https://www.daily-journal.com

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