Here, let me get the door for you...

Someone fucked up big time.

I’m not sure how big the jail is, but i’m pretty fucking flabbergasted that none of the employees that this guy walked past even recognized him. I guess you don’t need to look at their faces. After all, prisoners are always in orange jumpsuits, right? :rolleyes:

Just what the world needs: another double-murderer walking around.

The more complex the system, the easier it is to defeat.

Just because we have locks, doesn’t mean we have to use 'em! :rolleyes:

Not that the inattention of prison personnel is excusable, but speedy action on a sentence might have resoved the problem at the root, you know. :wink:

Heh…we had a case here in Aus like that just last week, when a guy on a murder (might have been manslaughter) charge who was remanded in custody was able to walk out of the courtroom because the Magistrate (or it might have been the Clerk of Courts) mixed him up with someone else.

The accused had a bugger of a time trying to convince the authorities to let him back into gaol apparently. :smiley:

Hang on while I go find a cite…

Bugger. Can’t find one, but I can assure you it was in all the daily newsrags. I just can’t figure out the right search terms.

It houses about 9000 inmates when its at full cappacity, over 100,000 a year and employs abou 1500 jailers and deputies.

This is houston were talking about, not mayberry.

My sense is that when all is done, it will not be a simple case of ‘oops, some folks goofed’ there was planning involved (what did he do when he got out the gates? had to have some means of getting somewhere fast, some ability to get money etc.), and there will be indictments of those involved.
there were severall breaches - and to me, it defies reason to believe that simulanteously to that visit, all of the prison personnel involved all picked that particular time to be lax on their job.
I could be wrong, but that’s my prediction.

Thakns for the information. So it’s entirely understandable that the people on duty might never have seen this guy before.

Still, that’s a pretty serious breakdown in security for a place that, with so many prisoners, should have a very rigorous system in place.

sorry, but that doesn’t give them a pass. I’ve visited several facilities, both prisons and jails.
the level of security is awe inspiring.
to get into the prison, I had to fill out several forms, my background was investigated, including if I was in contact with any prisoner (let alone in that facility)
the day(s) of the visit, I am idenified as some one who is going to visit. I hand over my ID to a guard who checks it against me, and against the list. I then go through a security gate,then a metal detector (sensative enough to register the buckle on my shoes). a frisk for weapons, then I turn over my ID to an officer (Picture) who again checks to see it is me. He keeps it, in exchange for a personal alarm (a device I hold onto in case I’m threatened/harmed, an alarm goes off, they know immediately where I am, the place goes into lockdown and all help arrives.) I also have a corrections officer with me - and that’s the level when I"m part of a well organized group. In another facility, I was with the deputy warden and still got frisked and ID’d closely (Both coming and going by the way)
note, too, I was a female visiting a male prison, so there was very limited chance that I was a prisoner attempting to escape, yet the security was still in place for me to leave.

this guy had ID to leave. SOP that I’ve seen in every facility, one person goes in, gets logged in, then gets logged out when they leave. So, who logged that ID in? how would you allow some one to leave if they hadn’t arrrived?
Even in the county faciliity, you don’t get in unless you’ve been checked out and you don’t get OUT unless you were checked in.

It boggles my mind too. I work in a max security institution which sees 12,000 different inmates move thru it every year. And we’ve been escape-free for at least the last decade, if not longer.

Security is job one at our place. If an inmate has had a cardiac arrest, and is actively undergoing CPR while being taken out, he still gets strip-searched and manacled first (we do defibrillate onsite, so there’s no delay in that vital treatment).

Visitors at our institution produce ID, get scanned, get stamped, get a visitor ID, get passed thru each of the controlled gates with phone or radio authorization to guards at each gate station, and are observed by regular staff while present there, whether they are repairing a copier, refilling vending machines, or interviewing an inmate. Then the process is repeated on the way out, and if that handstamp is not visible on the scanner on the way out, their departure will be delayed.

Regular staff must show their photo ID in order to exit, even if the officer at the gate has known you for decades.

Outgoing supply trucks are scrupulously searched before being allowed to leave.

It’s very difficult to leave my institution if you’re not authorized to leave it.

Cumberland County, NC (where Fort Bragg is located) had a major episode of letting prisoners go before their sentence was complete last year. Story: Major staff changes at the jail resulted, with the chief jailer and several deputies fired, though I couldn’t find the follow-up story online.

Got him!