Sheriff Implements New Policy After Inmate Escapes

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

A Robertson County jail inmate, who bolted from deputies 2 months ago, has been sentenced, and the sheriff's department has already implemented a new policy to prevent inmates from escaping.

Deandre Kinney, 29, was in jail originally for burglary. He was given five years in jail for that charge, and seven years for the escape charge. Those sentences will run concurrently.

On April 23 Kinney escaped from deputies who were transporting him around the courthouse in Franklin. He was found hours later in a house two blocks from the jail.

To prevent an escape from happening again, the Robertson County Sheriff's Office says they have made some changes.

"My boys are on the bikes constantly, she's just starting to ride the bikes. They are just outside kids,” said Lindsay Johnson.

She says she felt all four of her kids were in danger when a Robertson County Jail inmate, Deandre Kinney, had been on the loose. He was found 2 blocks from her house.

"I was terrified. I had to call my husband every time I left the house and came back. I wanted him to check all the rooms, check the shed in the back,” said Johnson who now has a new security system inside her house.

To ease her worry about outside her home, the Robertson County Sheriff's Office has implemented a new policy.

Kinney was being restrained with just handcuffs when he was transported from the courthouse to the jail. He ran away which Sheriff Gerald Yezak is making sure no inmate can do anymore.

Now all inmates must wear leg restraints when transported to and from jail.

"We have always had them on hand. We have used them where an inmate was considered a flight risk, but not every single inmate. So now they are all going to wear them,” said Sheriff Yezak.

"I hate that it happened but because of it, it opened a lot of our eyes,” said Johnson.

The measure makes parents like Johnson feel safe.

The sheriff's department says they are working on getting a system where inmates would make court appearances by video, so the inmate won't have to be transported to the court house.

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