Today two inmates are back behind bars. The pair was in the Screven County Jail when they broke out around midnight. They were picked up before 8 a.m. It’s the second inmate escape in less than a month in that area.
Investigators are still trying to figure out how the two escaped.
We spoke with neighbors in this area who says they were shocked when they heard the news
“The same incident just happened several weeks ago and I always try to be aware of my surroundings. I check my Facebook in the mornings when I get up and it was on there so a little shocked but more uneasy because I like to see better circumstances happening than our inmates escaping.”
Kim Grovenstein says just last week she read that Jason Clark, an inmate from the Screven County prison, was captured 4 miles from her house.
“I’m worried,” says Kim. “We have kids and older people that live in our community and our county and they’re in jail for a reason. We may not know what they are but I’m worried about our citizens if we can’t keep our inmates behind bars. “
Clark was doing work detail on Old Poor Robin Road before escaping to a nearby home.
That escape, along with last night’s escape, has Kim encouraging her neighbors to stay alert.
“Kkeep up with your local news, stay in touch with your sheriffs office and local police departments and make sure you know what’s going on in the neighborhood that you’re going to be in,” says Kim.
Kim hopes that these two escapes will force both facilities to tighten security.
“Some people may be in jail for nonviolent things but we still need to keep tighter reins on our inmates and I hope the Sheriff’s office can do something and let’s crack down on these problems from happening again.”
So far no official comment from the Screven County Sheriff’s Office about either incident.