Sheriff Barnes: Jail Needs To Strengthen Windows

10:56 AM, Mar 28, 2013   |    comments
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High Point, NC -- A committee evaluating changes that need to be made to the Guilford County Jail in High Point, where two inmates escaped, has determined they need to strengthen all the windows. 

Sheriff BJ Barnes told WFMY News 2 that they do not have a cost estimate at this time, but they are working to find money within the Sheriff's Office's budget.

After investigating the incidents that led to the inmates' escape, Barnes said the policies and procedures at the jail are fine; the problem was they weren't followed.

Policies will continue to be reviewed in their internal investigation. Barnes assured that action will be taken.

Read: What Are Investigators Doing To Find Escaped Inmates?

Investigators said on Saturday, March 16 the two men escaped from the jail after they broke a window in their cell and tied bed sheets together to use as a rope. 

Read: WFMY News 2 Digs Into Escaped Inmates' Records

In an interview that day, Sheriff Barnes said "This is the first escape such as this in approximately 18 years."

No update was provided about the status of the escaped inmates.

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