Closer look: Unlocked doors common in restricted custody buildings

Kentucky State Police is looking into whether Gage Jobe and two other inmates had outside help in planning their great escape. KSP Sgt. Dean Patterson said no matter how tight jail security is, inmates do try to make a run for it.

“Unfortunately, this happens. It’s unfortunate, but we have to try to deal with,” he said.

All three inmates were part of the county’s work release program, which gives them access to certain areas of the jail others aren’t allowed. Patterson said Jobe worked at Mike Miller Park before. That’s where KSP said the inmates stole a red parks department truck. “That would lead us to believe that he had knowledge of what was there, what kind of resources they had there,” he said.

The detention center has a Restricted Custody Center in the back for inmates who are considered non-violent. State law requires those doors to have a time-delayed emergency release. Doors can be locked from the outside, but not the inside.

“To say things were done improperly, I think it’s way too early for that,” Patterson said.

Local 6 spoke with Marshall County Jailer Roger Ford by phone. He said he doesn’t have the manpower to put security at each door, but on the night of the escape, an alarm sounded and guards attempted to run after the inmates. Patterson said for the most part, the system works.

“Jails are secure. Generally, all jails are secure. They have to be. Unfortunately, these things do occur,” Ford said.
Jobe will be charged with second degree escape. Once the others are caught, Patterson said they could face additional penalties, including theft.

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