CALDWELL — Wednesday marked the ninth escape from the Canyon County Jail tent facility – a product of great overcrowding that is plagued the county for years.
Required – and mandatory – safety enhancements to the tent have been completed final month, however none of them stopped Eric Garcia on Wednesday.
Earlier than he was caught, Garcia tore via a patch within the canvas within the again rest room space, someway broke by means of the outer layer, jumped by way of a gap, hopped over the newly-up to date razor wire fence and into the neighborhood throughout the road.
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After that the majority current escape, KTVB needed to get a way of how individuals are feeling concerning the jail, and in the event that they assume the issue ought to be fastened. We discovered combined emotions strolling door-to-door Thursday afternoon. Some people did not know the newest occasion occurred and it does not have an effect on them, however many say the difficulty is unsettling.
Donya Doty has lived throughout the road from the Canyon County Jail tent facility for sixteen years. She says it was not regarding till they turned the tent – used on the time for work launch – right into a jail to deal with minimal custody inmates.
“It is an unsafe space… It isn’t good for the neighborhood,” Doty stated. “It is fairly loopy. It will get scary at occasions.”
Now, after 9 criminals have escaped simply yards away within the final two years, she’s fed up and disturbed. She says she’s by no means notified of the escapes.
“It is like, wow. And you do not know what sort of individuals they’ve over there,” Doty added. “Dwelling this shut, kiddie nook. I’ve grandkids. In the event that they escape, I imply who is aware of.”
Wednesday’s escape once more highlights the necessity for a brand new jail, within the opinion of the Canyon County Sheriff’s Workplace and a few individuals KTVB talked to who stay inside just some blocks.
“We now have individuals dwelling in a tent. From all of our standpoint, you are able to do nevertheless a lot fortifying to a tent however they’ve 24 hours a day in there to attempt to determine what weak spot could be exploited and get out of there,” Canyon County Jail Commander Capt. Daren Ward stated.
“And clearly that is what’s occurring. As a result of we simply completed an entire lot of main renovation in there to harden the construction and we had yet one more one break by way of. Very lucky that we caught him at a really brief time afterwards.”
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“I might in all probability vote for it… for security,” Doty stated.
“Undoubtedly one thing to think about and doubtless undoubtedly mandatory only for the security of everybody right here,” neighbor…