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Changes made at Juvenile Detention Center after breakout

1 month 1 week 1 day ago Sunday, October 24 2021 Oct 24, 2021 October 24, 2021 10:46 PM October 24, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge spokesman Mark Armstrong says the Juvenile Detention Center has implemented changes to ensure the safety of its employees.

That said, Armstrong explained that at this time, for the sake of maintaining the safety of the facility's workers, details of the new measures will not be shared with the public.

Armstrong also said officials are still trying to find out how the inmates were able to get a shank, which is the handmade weapon that was used to overpower three correctional officers during an escape earlier this month.

"I've been here since 1978, 42 years, and it's horrifying from time to time living here," Bertha Coates said.

74-year-old Coates lives right behind the detention center and has seen other escapes at the jail.

"...this is not the first time," Coates said, "I can remember vividly that this being the third."

Coates explained there have been increased safety measures at the detention center in the past, and she is not convinced that these new measures will work.

"When stuff like that happens, you have to wonder how much longer of this you are going to have to keep on tolerating," Coates said.

The three correctional officers involved in the break-out suffered minor injuries. One officer was taken to the hospital, treated and released.

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