W.Va. inmates made ‘dummies’ to evade headcount

CHARLESTON (AP) — Three inmates who tried to escape from West Virginia’s maximum security prison evaded a headcount by stuffing pillows and blankets into their beds.

Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein tells the Sunday Gazette-Mail that the pillow-and-blanket “dummies” made it appear that the inmates were sleeping.

Rubenstein says the July 17 escape attempt at Mount Olive Correctional Complex shows why correctional officers are taught to physically see inmates before counting them in the headcount.

All three inmates are convicted killers. They were found within 15 minutes once another headcount an hour and a half later revealed they were missing.

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