Bolting inmate shows Ind. jail security flaw

A male Delaware County jail inmate briefly entered a female cellblock, but the incident highlighted a potential problem with control panels that open jail doors

By Keith Roysdon
The Star Press

MUNCIE — A male inmate who bolted away from correctional officers and entered a cellblock for female prisoners didn’t do any harm while he was in the restricted area, Delaware County jail officials say. But the incident pointed out a potential security flaw for the jail.

The inmate entered the female cellblock by using a control panel to open the door. The panels are old and should be upgraded, Sheriff Mike Scroggins said. Although there was never any danger the inmate would do harm to other inmates or escape from the jail, Scroggins said, the problem should be addressed.

“Yes, those panels outside the blocks are left over,” Scroggins said. “The main control room was redone a few years ago when the doors were upgraded. The technology part of it should be upgraded so a correctional officer has to enter a pin number so the doors can be operated.

“That’s on the list of things I’ve addressed and still need to address. I do things as they expose themselves. Our number one priority is to upgrade those panels.”

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