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Inmate escape raises questions about jail security

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WALLACE, Idaho -

The residents of Wallace say they are relieved to know escaped inmate Roy Bieluch is back behind bars, but this escape raises some serious questions about the security of the Shoshone County Jail. Shoshone County Sheriff Mitch Alexander says he thinks the escape could have been prevented if the jail was better funded, and more secure.

"I can do a lot more in my line of work with more funding, anybody can, " Alexander said. The problem is, he isn't sure how the county will come up with the money to improve the jail. "We only have so much money. In a personal account, you can use a credit card. In county government, there's no credit card."

He plans to work with the County Commissioners to try and find a solution. "What it all boils down to is, when you don't have money, what do you do? We know the problems, we know what needs to be done," Alexander explained.

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