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Prison Escape Leads To Closure of L.A. County Jails To Visitors

Men's Central Jail. (Photo by Matthew Logelin via the LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr)
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An inmate escaped the Men's Central Jail in downtown L.A. on Friday afternoon, which has resulted in the closing of all Los Angeles County jails to visitors this weekend. CBS L.A. reports that jail officials will be using the time to thoroughly review security practices in visiting areas.

"It's not necessarily a lockdown," sheriff's Deputy Trina Schrader told City News Service. "They just want to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Shortly after 2 p.m. on Friday, an inmate assaulted sheriff's deputies—causing minor injuries to three of them. He then ran out of the jail through the visitor's area, while deputies chased after him on foot before he was caught near Vignes Street, close to Union Station. The suspect attempted to climb through barbed wire and fell off a wall, and has been hospitalized.

While officials are investigating the jail's security issues, maybe they could also take a look at its squalid conditions and various health code violations.