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Published April 19, 2013, 10:02 AM

County jail in South Dakota beefs up security after escapes

HURON, S.D. (AP) — Recent inmate escapes from the Beadle County Jail in the South Dakota city of Huron have led to more than two dozen changes in policy to beef up security.

HURON, S.D. (AP) — Recent inmate escapes from the Beadle County Jail in the South Dakota city of Huron have led to more than two dozen changes in policy to beef up security.

KOKK radio reports that Sheriff Doug Solem says major moves include increasing staff, not allowing inmates to bring anything into the jail and not using inmates on cleaning detail at night.

Last November, 2 teenagers overpowered a jailer and escaped. They were apprehended the next day. In January, a man with a criminal history in Kansas and North Dakota escaped by using a makeshift weapon to hold a guard hostage. Charles Beeney was caught later the same day.

The jail also had escapes in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

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