Sheriff Jud Smith told the Barrow County Board of Commissioners last week that new video equipment is urgently needed for the courthouse and detention center.
Smith said $200,000 is needed for an upgrade to out-of-date equipment, which works part-time at best.
The system was installed in 2008 but is already obsolete as it has been increasingly difficult to find replacement parts for the analog system.
The current video security system includes 12 DVRs which operate on an analog system and need to be changed to digital. Smith said the change would be similar to going from 8-track to CD.
At present time, two of the courtrooms cannot be recorded and neither can the pre-booking area of the jail. The sheriff said it all comes down to safety and liability.
Commissioner Kenny Shook said he believed purchasing a new system would be better than spending money to upgrade the old one. The company, that installed the system, has since gone out of business although some former employees formed another company and said they could help with the upgrade.
Smith said further attempts to repair the current system would likely damage the infrastructure.