But something towards the end of the article made my jaw drop. See if you can figure it out.
Brand new security cameras capture huge inmate brawl at Northern California jail
Up to 30 inmates at a Northern California jail threw punches at each other when a huge brawl broke out in front of security cameras installed only 24 hours earlier.WTF? $20M and 2 years!?! Granted, this is California. And granted, the media doesn't always get the facts straight. But I did a quick check at costco.com and found several surveillance packages for under $1000, so that part seems reasonable.
“It looks like one inmate brushed up against another and then the fight was on with fists,” Sheriff Laurie Smith told KTVU...
The jail installed 12 security cameras on Wednesday that Smith purchased with her own money at a Costco. She expects the $761 purchase to be reimbursed by the county, the station reported.
Smith went to Costco after being told it would cost $20 million and take two years to install security cameras throughout the jail and other lock-ups.
I guess by the time you add in all the government-mandated contract and purchase order hoops to jump through, plus the women-and-minority-vendor boxes to check, not to mention environmental impact studies, legal reviews so that the inmates' rights are respected, and of course the usual bribes and kickbacks, $20 million doesn't seem that far fetched.
I'm just waiting for Sheriff Smith to get hauled on the carpet for not following procedure in obtaining and installing the cameras. Forget the fact that they've already proved their worth.
And the establishment wonders why people are fed up with government...