UPDATE: Circumstances Surrounding Inmate Escape Being Investigated

Publish Date: June 24, 2022
Written by: Joni Money
Categories: News

On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy was in the process of transporting a prisoner from UAB Hospital back to the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham.  The inmate was able to escape from the transporting Deputy, gain control of an unoccupied ambulance and flee the area.  In an effort to get information regarding the identification of the inmate to the public in a timely manner, it was initially thought that the inmate had “overpowered” the deputy during the transport.  We have been focusing on locating this subject and bringing him back into custody, however, we are also investigating how this inmate was able to escape.  This is still an active investigation, however, we have concerns as to the whether the deputy properly handled the inmate during transportation.   We have received video that appears to show activity that is not consistent with the training provided to our personnel.  An in-depth investigation into all aspects of this escape is being conducted and appropriate action will be taken upon the conclusion.

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