Posted: Oct 2, 2012 6:12 PM by Caroline Flores - email@example.com
Updated: Oct 3, 2012 12:31 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - We have some new information about the inmate who escaped this weekend as he was being dropped off at the county jail.
Monday the municipal court was looking into whether a detention officer gave that inmate a key to unlock his handcuffs. Today, the Interm Director of Municipal Courts says that's not the case.
30-year-old Joe Hernandez had just been brought to the county jail's prisoner drop off area in Saturday when he escaped. Jay Reining, Interm Director of Municipal Courts, says Hernandez was with a group of other inmates being taken into the jail. The garage door began to open and he made a run for it.
"Normally when the people are being taken out. The door's not supposed to be raised until everyone is secured. In this case, they had one person out another person was in the process of getting out as the door started going up," said Reining.
Reining says no one will be reprimanded for what happened. But, they are going to use this as a learning lesson.
"We're concerned of the safety of our personnel. And also, you know, we don't wanna have anyone escaping," said Reining.
After viewing the Nueces County jail's security video, Reining says there are numerous issues that the city and county will have to correct.
"I think there were too... At this time there were too few people trying to do the transport trying to get people out of the van," said Reining
And that's just the one problem. Reining says they are also reviewing the communication between departments and even how they handcuff prisoners. But the main issue Reining says is the officers attitudes. He says they need to constantly be alert and ready.
"There's a lot of danger involved and they just can't... relying everything going smoothly every time," said Reining.
When asked what changes will be made he said,"there may be a change in the number of people we use when we transport people."
They will also be testing cuffing prisoners behind their back instead of the front.
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