This combination of undated images provided by the Gallia County Sheriff's Office shows from left to right, Brynn Martin, Christopher Clemente, Troy McDaniel Jr. and Lawrence Lee III. Three of the four inmates who overpowered two female corrections officers and escaped from an Ohio county jail on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, were caught in North Carolina Monday, Sept. 30. The overcrowded Ohio county jail where the inmates escaped has been repeatedly cited by state inspectors for its lack of a security perimeter, broken security cameras, no two-way radio system and the failure by administrators to show whether corrections officers conducted contraband searches or performed daily counts of inmates. (Gallia County Sheriff's Office via AP)

AP Exclusive: Many problems at jail where inmates escaped

October 03, 2019 - 12:35 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) — Records show the overcrowded Ohio county jail from which four inmates escaped has been repeatedly cited by state inspectors for its lack of a security perimeter, broken security cameras and lack of a two-way radio system.

The records obtained by The Associated Press also cite a failure by administrators to show whether corrections officers conducted contraband searches or performed daily counts of inmates.

The male inmates who escaped overpowered two female corrections officers at the Gallia County Jail in southern Ohio using a handmade shank early Sunday. All four were captured Monday in North Carolina and await extradition to Ohio.

A state December inspection found the jail had failed to comply with 77 state standards.

Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin says problems at the 70-year-old jail have existed for years.

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