Cameras malfunctioning at Wash. women's prison

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BELFAIR, Wash. (AP) -- A system of about 50 security cameras at a state women's prison in Belfair has been malfunctioning, and officials are looking into whether it was intentionally damaged.

The Kitsap Sun reports that the cameras at Mission Creek Corrections Center can still provide a video feed, but they've stopped recording footage that can be watched later.

Prison Superintendent Wanda McRae says the problems began more than a month ago. The company that installed the cameras is sending new equipment that should arrive next week. The prison is operating normally in the meantime.

The cameras were installed around 2008 following passage of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, which aimed to reduce sexual assault behind bars.

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/