Jail Altercation Raises Questions About Security

The woman who was injured during a weekend scuffle outside the Brazos County Detention Center was cited Monday for assault. Authorities say Serina Boylan actually started the altercation that led to her being injured by a woman with a box cutter.

35-year-old Angela Williams is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the case. The incident is raising questions about jail security since authorities say Williams was inside the facility with the box cutter in her purse.

"It's a pretty rare occurrence that something like this happens," Brazos County Jail Administrator Wayne Dicky said.

Dicky says the altercation happened outside by the flagpole but that Williams had just been inside the facility with the box cutter in her purse.

"Basically anybody can walk into that lobby at anytime and it just so happened on this day she was confronted and responded to that confrontation by pulling out a razor and cutting," Dicky said.

The only access visitors have to inmates is a small room with a piece of glass that separates the two parties. According to jail policy visitors are not searched for weapons. Dickey admits a bullet could penetrate the glass if someone were to bring in a gun. But he says the chances of that happening are slim.

"In my 20 years this is the first time I can remember where someone has used any type of weapon in a confrontation during our visitation times," Dicky said.

The jail houses just over 500 inmates. Each is allowed two 20 minute visits per week, which could mean hundreds of visitors during the weekends. Dicky says searching every visitor to the jail would be labor intensive to unproductive.

"I don't know what the answer is I don't know that a search would make people any safer," Dicky said.

Dickey says he doesn't anticipate any changes to be made regarding security and that this incident is an isolated one.

Williams is out on a 45 thousand dollar bond.


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