SD Jail With History Of Escapes Boosting Security
by Associated Press
January 11, 2013 8:11 AM
A county jail in South Dakota with a history of prisoner escapes is taking steps to beef up security.
A man with a criminal history in Kansas and North Dakota escaped from the Beadle County Jail in Huron on Tuesday by using a makeshift weapon to hold a guard hostage. He was later caught.
In 2005, two inmates escaped by bending bars and breaking a window in their cell. One of the men also had escaped in 2003 by scaling a recreation area wall. In 2004, three girls in juvenile detention locked guards inside a cell and escaped.
Sheriff Doug Solem said that the jail recently upgraded its surveillance system and is working to boost staff. The jail also plans more extensive background checks on incoming inmates.