The Wilson County Jail is looking to put more of a buffer between its inmates and those walking by on the street.
Windows to the jail at 105 E. High St. in Lebanon face places like businesses and churches in the highly trafficked surrounding area.
Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said the see-through glass has caused some issues with inmates.
“We’ve had a serious problem with the public trying to motion to family members or friends in jail and stuff like that,” Bryan said.
Bryan said they were still required by state law to allow for a certain amount of light in the jail.
“We can’t just cover up all the glass,” Bryan said. “But we can put a tint on the windows to disable as much of the seeing in and out as what’s going on.”
Bryan said he believed the tint would be sufficient and help in the long run.
“The inmates will still be able to see out, but it should keep people from seeing in,” Bryan said. “It should keep people outside from coming up to the windows and then ultimately keep the inmates more in order,” Bryan said.
According to Bryan, the addition of the tint to the windows was not a “big ticket item,” and they were planning to begin to place the tint on the outside of the windows in the coming weeks.