11 months, 3 weeks ago by Bob Gough
Toothbrush was made into a shank, so the jail has gone to softer toothbrushes
The Adams County Board committee that oversees the County Jail heard an update from Sheriff Brent Fischer regarding last week's attempted jail break.
The County Board's Public Health and Safety Committee heard from Fischer in closed session during Thursday afternoon's meeting. Board Chairman Mark Peter said that portion of the meeting was closed due to discussion of an ongoing criminal investigation.
When the meeting reconvened in open session, Fischer addressed the media and said he updated the committee about procedural changes he is implementing following the incident where three inmates attempted to break out of the jail and injured a bailiff in the process.
Cobretti Matlick, 19, Nicholas Ray, 24, and Jason Keller, 23, all had their initial court appearances in Adams County Circuit court earlier this week.
Matlick and Ray were in court Tuesday, and Keller was in court earlier Wednesday. All three face at least five counts, including kidnapping and attempted escape.
Matlick is also charged with attempted 1st degree murder. According to police, Matlick twice stabbed an Adams County corrections officer with a home-made weapon. That weapon was allegedly made by both Keller and Ray.
One thing that is changing is the toothbrushes that are sold to the inmates. They've gone from a hard plastic toothbrush, such as the one that was made into a shank, to a more rubberized version. Fischer said since this incident occurred at feeding time, they have limited the amount of people who will be at the cafeteria door.
Fischer said the Illinois Department of Corrections is also doing its own incident investigation.
"We are required to report occurances to DOC," Fischer said. "It is in their best interest to follow up and get a visual to check the facility."
The facility itself has been a point of discussion for years as it has failed numerous DOC inspections.
Committee Chairman Mark Peter said the Board is "going to have to come to grips and put a proposal in front of the citizens" for a referendum to fund the construction of a new jail, which is estimated to cost in the neighborhood of $25 millon.
"I think it's time we address this in some matter," Peter said. "But it is something the citizens are going to do. It will be up to the citizens (to fund a new jail). We just have to have a plan."
County Board Chairman Les Post attended the committee meeting and he said he agreed with Peter's assessment.