GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A Wayne County deputy was responsible for three inmates Monday morning when one stabbed him in the neck and escaped. The sheriff there said that was not uncommon, especially with the tight budget in Detroit.
That inmate, Derreck White aka Abraham Pearson, was captured again Monday evening, but the escape raised questioned about how common that deputy-to-inmate ratio is across the state.
Officials at the Kent and Ottawa county sheriff's departments said that in their jurisdictions, the number of officers overseeing inmates during transport varies depending on their risk factors. They said it would not be uncommon for an officer to be in charge of three inmates at one time inside the courthouse.
Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess said officers go through intense training to prepare for anything.
"Any time you are transferring a person anywhere, there is potential for danger," he said. "We train and take all of the precautions necessary, because it is a dangerous situation."
Hess also said the courthouse in Grand Rapids is very modern and has several security features that assist deputies.
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