Darren Doyle, story
Jailer Hank Vincent has asked the Edmonson Voice to allow him to make a clarification in our earlier story in regard to the absence of court security in the courthouse lobby this morning during the escaped prisoner incident.
Vincent said his office notified the courtroom bailiff last night to inform him that there would be prisoners at the courthouse the next day (today).
Sheriff Shane Doyle said that the reason there was no court security present in the lobby this morning was because security, which is handled through the sheriff's office, was not notified.
"We don't notify the sheriff's office directly," Vincent said. "We've never done that. We notify the courtroom bailiff, which operates through the sheriff's office. We called him last night and informed him."
Vincent mentioned, however, that the deputy jailer arrived at the courthouse before business hours, something of which court security was unaware.
"We are putting a new policy in place where we will notify the court security officers when we're about five minutes out to make sure they're aware of exactly when we'll be arriving with inmates," Vincent added.
Vincent also noted that Deputy Jailer Todd Vincent was handling the prisoners at the courthouse alone because Jailer Vincent was en route to transport more prisoners from Hart County while another deputy jailer was transporting an additional prisoner from Warren County.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said no one was trying to point fingers.
"There are several things that led to this incident," Doyle said. "We're a small county with limited resources. Of course our court security officers know when court is supposed to be held, but we didn't realize that the Jailer was on the property before business hours. Our officers didn't know that. My job here isn't to assign blame, it's to try to locate this prisoner and help keep our county safe. Jailer Vincent knows that and he and I are on the same team."