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Changes to be made at Lauderdale Co. Detention Center

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In two separate incidents, inmates have snuck out of the jail through vents. In two separate incidents, inmates have snuck out of the jail through vents.
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Changes are on the way for safety issues at the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

In two separate incidents, inmates have snuck out of the jail through vents. Now, commissioners are doing something about it.

The commissioners discussed first and foremost adding more fencing to fully enclose the detention center. They also discussed replacing doors to the ventilation system crawl spaces with heavier ones so inmates cannot pry them open.

The discussion comes on the heels of recent escape from the jail.

Last month, Terry Myers escaped through the ventilation system-- made it to the roof and jumped off.

He has since been captured. Myers is the fifth inmate in six months to have escaped that way.

County commissioners agree there is an issue and something needs to be done to ensure safety and security for the detention center employees and local community.

"I met with the detention center administrator on the 26th, along with the county administrator and the chief deputy and the two maintenance people, and we've all come to the selection that hopefully this is the route we need to go," said Lauderdale County Commissioner Larry Irons.

Commissioners say they will begin collecting bids for the work needed to be done at the jail.

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