- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

PORT ALLEN, La. (AP) - Two West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies have been suspended without pay after an internal investigation found three work-release inmates were able to get out of a guarded facility. One inmate allegedly committed a crime while out.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1Zp7E4T ) that the deputies were suspended Tuesday.

Col. Richie Johnson says one deputy has been suspended without pay for 90 days. He says the other deputy was suspended without pay for a day. The names of the deputies were not released.

Johnson says inmates took advantage of a flawed way of doing routine head counts.

The parish’s work-release facility is described as a 24-hour operation with military-style dorms, about 45 employees and surveillance cameras stationed around the facility. The entrance and exits are not locked but manned by armed guards.

Authorities have identified only one of the work-release inmates - Emanuel Ray Jones.

Baton Rouge Police allege he is a suspect in a Nov. 8 incident in which a man said he was physically assaulted, kidnapped, robbed and stuffed into the trunk of his car in the parking lot of a Baton Rouge hotel.

An internal probe into Jones’ escape from the facility was started after an arrest warrant for him surfaced Dec. 15.

Work-release inmates are allowed to leave the facility only when they report to job assignments, Johnson said. Official head counts are conducted every two hours, he added.

“The shift was short the night the incident occurred because one of the shift supervisors had called in sick,” Johnson said about how Jones was able to walk out. “You had a lot of different factors play into this.”


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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