Report on Ohio inmate escape cites staff errors

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio prison officials say staff failed to properly count inmate work crews and follow policy in responding to alarms when an inmate used ladders to escape a state prison last month.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Friday that four employees from the Mansfield Correctional Institution have been placed on administrative leave pending further review and might face discipline.

Authorities said inmate James David Myers hid in a maintenance area where he worked at the prison and obtained ladders that he used to escape three fenced areas July 3.

The 47-year-old was taken into custody the next day at a small general store, where he was tackled by a customer and tied up with rope. The store is about 8 miles from the close-security prison in north-central Ohio.

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