It may still be the holiday season, but the Thomas County prison isn't taking a vacation from safety and security.
Prison management says it's especially important during the holidays to keep a close watch on inmates.
They say though the facility is government-run, they always have employees on the clock making sure operations run smoothly and those behind bars are behaving.
Warden Bobby Geer says they have to be even more diligent with patroling during the holidays because inmates can get testy about not being able to spend Christmas with their loved ones.
Guards say through rigorous security checks, they've found various types of homemade tools, including knives and brass knuckles, crafted by inmates to use as weapons or aid in their escape.
Any inmate found with the contraband items faces a harsher sentence behind bars.