INMATE ESCAPE: Detainee Transfers Under Review

Policy changes are possible following the escape of a detainee Thursday.

A Dallas County transport officer took custody of Kenny Bevard and two other women yesterday afternoon.

Bevard was wearing what’s descried as a “fairly standard” uniform for inmates – a belt with handcuff hooked to it and a jail jumpsuit when he got into the front seat of the transport car, a Chevy Impala.

“We use child locks in the backseats, but there’s no lock like that in the front seat so he opens the door and gets out,” Sgt. Ryan Bowers with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office said.

The officer chased after Bevard before heading back to secure his other prisoners and calling for back up.

It is unclear what he knew about Bevard’s criminal history and his previous escape from police custody.

The question now is why he wasn’t wearing foot shackles in addition to his handcuffs.

Sgt. Ryan Bowers say that is a judgment call, one that didn’t work this time. But if an inmate wants to run, there’s no 100% way to stop them.

“It might have slowed down his ability to run,” Sgt. Bowers said. “It might have helped,  it might not have.  I don’t know how much of a lead he got on the transport officer.”

Dallas County officials say it isn’t uncommon for law enforcement to transport prisoners in the front seat.

Like everyone else, they’re pleased that Bevard is back in custody and no one was hurt in the process.

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