- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - With a six-foot wooden fence being all that is separating prison inmates from freedom, Lexington residents are on edge after a second inmate has escaped from a local minimum-security prison in a nine-day span.

On Wednesday afternoon, 26-year-old Justin Canada became the seventh inmate to escape the Blackburn Correctional Complex this year, WKYT-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1NWqda7). Canada was serving a 15-year sentence for convictions including robbery and wanton endangerment, Kentucky Department of Corrections officials said. Another inmate, Richard Shell, was confirmed missing Aug. 18, but was recaptured the next day in Lexington.

Resident Adam Berrones’ backyard is adjacent to the complex property. He said he has urged Blackburn’s Warden Steve Haney to increase security at the prison. The wooden fence is currently the only barrier installed. With Canada having been a repeat offender, Berrones said he fears for the safety of his wife and newborn son.

“Warden Steve Haney has failed us,” Berrones said. “If the primary mission of Blackburn is security and control, Warden Steve Haney has completely let us down. He’s failing the community.”

In June, Haney said he would have the prison install additional security cameras and order dorms to be locked after 9 p.m.

From 2010-2014 an average of five inmates walked away from the correctional complex each year, the television station reports.

“We knew what we were getting into I suppose - there’s a prison here,” Berrones said. “We didn’t have any idea that it would be this numerous.”


Information from: WKYT-TV, https://www.wkyt.com

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