Ohio jail site boosts security after inmate escape

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) - An inmate's escape from a southeast Ohio jail facility has prompted increased security measures there and disciplinary action against three sheriff's deputies.

Authorities said a 31-year-old man apparently used socks to protect his hands as he climbed a barbed wire fence to escape a Fairfield County jail facility last month. He was later caught. The incident spurred an internal review. Sheriff Dave Phalen tells the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette it appears someone miscounted the number of people returning from an outdoor recreation period.

He says two deputies will receive written reprimands, and one will face an administrative hearing that could lead to a reprimand, suspension or firing. The sheriff has added several more surveillance cameras at the facility and will now have two deputies outside during recreational activities, instead of one.