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Geiger Correctional Facility: 5 successful escapes in 8 years

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Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies are still searching for Danny Kolle, who escaped the Geiger correctional facility two days ago.

It's currently unclear how Kolle pulled off his escape, but this isn't the only one that Geiger correctional facility has seen. Escapes have become common at the facility. John McGrath, the Director of the Spokane County Detention Services, says there have been at least five successful escapes in the last eight years. McGrath says all five of them, were because the inmates climbed the fence.

In 2013, inmate Michael S. Wheeler escaped Geiger after accessing a restricted area through a kitchen door. From there, Wheeler climbed an area of fencing that wasn't protected by razor wire.

In 2012, two female inmates, Kathleen Stockton and Banks escaped by scaling the fence after covering razor wire with a blanket.

In many of these cases, McGrath says it doesn't appear the escaping inmates acted alone. Many of them had another inmate help them or had help from outside the facility, and police believe this seems to be the case with Kolle. They believe that he was being helped by a fellow inmate.

Each time an escape is attempted or pulled off, officers reevaluate their security measures, and McGrath says that's being done now. Using the 2013 escape as an example, he says areas of fencing that didn't previously have razor wire, do now.

But no matter the measures taken, McGrath says this is a low security prison that used to be a military barracks. He says if a prisoner want's to get out badly enough, many will find a way.

"With Geiger, you have to remember it's an old military barracks, it wasn't designed to be a jail. It's gone through many different phases as the counties used it from a work release facility to now being an overflow facility for the Spokane county jail," says McGrath.

Because the facility is used to house overflow from Spokane County, only low to medium risk offenders are housed at the Geiger Facility.

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