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Cost To Capture Escaped Inmates
There are concerns about safety at jails and prisons after 30 teenagers escaped from a youth detention center in Nashville.

For Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson, the teens who escaped on Monday were a reminder about safety - even at county jails.

"It's always a safety issue when someone walks away from a detention center, county jail, or prison," said Sheriff Wilson.

A week and a half ago, deputies say inmate Jerry Morgan was doing work detail at the Walker County Jail's parking lot.

They say he got away and deputies found him at a Rossville home the next day.

Sheriff Wilson told us the price tag to capture Morgan was a few hundred dollars.  Wilson says the cost to capture escaped inmates in general varies, but it could be in the thousands.

"With just one inmate, you could be involved in some extradition cost if the inmate got away, and you have to go after them," said Sheriff Wilson.

So, it begs the question: Is there enough supervision at county jails to prevent inmates from getting away?

Sheriff Wilson says they have 30 inmates who do work detail, and they're usually unsupervised because they are low risk and are facing minor charges. But, there's a catch.

"We're saving a million dollars a year to the city and the county when you do that, but on the flip side, you have a risk factor," said Sheriff Wilson.

The Tennessee Department of Corrections tells NewsChannel 9 that 6 people escaped from Tennessee prisons in 2013. That's less than 1 percent of the entire Tennessee prison population.

Meanwhile, taxpayers in Walker County say they want to see more security in place at all jails and prisons.

"I think there should be more precautions than what they've got because it's costing us money," said Zina Jackson.

Jerry Morgan is now facing a felony for escaping.   To read more about Morgan, click here.

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