Lauderdale Commission to Resolve Escapes at Jail


Lauderdale County Detention Center

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Five in twelve months, that’s how many inmates climbed through air conditioning ducts and on to the roof of the Lauderdale County Detention Center, before leaping to freedom.

This week, county commissioners decided enough was enough, and they are now taking steps to lock-down the jail even tighter than before.

Lauderdale County Commissioner Faye Parker knows something needs to change, “Up to this point we have not had any murder type people escape, but there is always that possibility.”

According to Parker, the county commission decided to add a few things at the jail to halt escapes.

First the commission will be adding more razor wire and fencing around a portion of the building that has previously gone unsecured.

“It will take-away anything, anyway,” said Parker, “unless you can jump a twelve foot fence of something.”

One other enhancement jail administrators are looking at, putting razor wire inside of air ducts to keep them from being used as escape hatches for the inmates.

Lauderdale County officials say the particular dorm the escapees have come out of, has been closed until more security measures are in place.

Work is expected to begin on the improvements in the coming days.

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