An inside look behind bars (with photos)

By Jillian Marshall

September 17, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 11:55 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Dozens of people were taken to the Broome County Jail Tuesday night, all on their own free will.

Broome County Sheriff David Harder showcased his agency's equipment for their open house, which is all a part of 25th annual Sheriff's Week.

The highlight of the open house was a tour through the jail.

The jail houses more than 500 inmates on any given day, each with their own cell, toilet and sink.

"People, unless they've been in jail, have never seen the inside of a jail. And what they see on TV is totally different than our jail," Harder said.

Broome County has a direct supervision jail, which is different from what people usually associate with jails: Institutions with bars referred to as linear jails.

He says people are fascinated with how the jail looks on the inside.

Visitors were also able to see the jail's chapel and kitchen.

Outside of jail, people took a look at bomb squad armored vehicles, new patrol vehicles and got a look at their new command post.

Harder says he hopes this opens people's minds about what his agency does.