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Jailer: Communication 'error' kept KSP from learning about inmate escape

By: Tim Johnston, Mark Barber Email
By: Tim Johnston, Mark Barber Email
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MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Jailer Doug Thomas says because of a communication error, no one outside of Madison County was looking for 24-year-old Roger Million for five days after he escaped from the detention center.

"He got in our rec area in an area the camera didn't cover, a blind spot," said Thomas.

He says a few other inmates held Million on their shoulders to help him break out of the detention center Friday.

Thomas says when they learned he was missing Saturday he called 911, thinking they would alert Kentucky State Police.

But the Madison County 911 director says they alerted local law enforcement, not KSP because Kentucky Revised Statutes 197.510 states that is the responsibility of correctional facilities.

According to the statute, correctional facilities should report attempted escapes and escapes from confinement to state police within 24 hours.

Thomas says Million got a strong head start on police because the right call wasn't made.

"When I called 911 I thought it was going to go to everybody, state, city. I thought everyone was going to be notified, apparently I was wrong," Thomas said.

He says they're changing some things to keep this from happening again.

"We've ordered new cameras, they will be in next week and hopefully inmates can't get up on these camera systems. If I have to personally pick up the phone and call post then I'll call post," said Thomas.

KSP Troopers say they aren't focusing on the communication problem, instead they're focusing on finding Million.

We're told Million had been an inmate in the detention center several times before, this time he was serving time for drug charges.


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