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Wis. Sheriffs Changing Jail Screws

December 15, 2001

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Sheriffs around Wisconsin are changing the screws on jail security windows after a convicted killer removed a visiting booth window and escaped.

DeCarlos Young, 24, escaped from the Milwaukee County Jail Dec. 6, allegedly with the help of his girlfriend, Albertina Jackson, authorities said.

Authorities said the pair used a small plastic screwdriver with a special tip to remove the screws, then remove the window from the visiting booth. Young went through the window, changed clothes, put on a wig and walked out with Jackson at the end of visiting hours, authorities said.

Milwaukee County Sheriff Lev Baldwin sent an e-mail Wednesday to the other 71 sheriffs in the state, alerting them that the screws used to hold the glass panel had been easily removed.

Some sheriffs said they were were replacing the screws, while others said they were filling in the screw heads or welding them to the windows.

Young, who was convicted of first-degree reckless homicide, remains at large. Jackson, 25, has been charged with helping him escape.

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