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Lack of supervision factored in escape

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While hundreds of law enforcement officers are searching for two men, considered to be extremely dangerous, who escaped from Hopkins County jail Tuesday morning, Sheriff Butch Adams talked about the escape and changes being made at the jail.

    Brian Allen Tucker and John Marlin King had just been taken to a small, outdoor recreation yard at the county jail ,normally used by female inmates, when they were able to slip away.

    “Originally, I thought they had climbed over the fence,” Adams said. “I found out afterwards that they had gotten the gate that has the chain link in between and were able to get to the bottom corner and break something or undo something to where they were able to crawl through that at the bottom.”
    The sheriff said a supervisor should have been in the yard with this category of inmates.
    “At that time, they had a person in the guard shack that was watching them,” he said. “I can only assume they got distracted working the board, opening doors and stuff. By the time they looked back, we're talking three to five minutes before they figured out they were gone.”
    Originally, Adams said jail policy required the supervisor be in the yard with the prisoners, but a change had been made to the policy.
    He said the policy would be changed back.
    “Originally, the policy was that there was [an officer] outside on any outside recreation. Then, a person who had control of that area who is no longer working for us had basically changed it in the small yard, and we still had [supervision] in the big yard,” he said. “So, it's definitely back to the original policy.”




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