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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A week after a double murderer from Oklahoma escaped through a 6-inch window, officials at Wackenhut Corrections Center say they are stepping up security at the private downtown jail.
The escape of John Ray Davis, 21, prompted prison management to decide to spend $20,000 on new doors and security locks and to implement new procedures in the coming weeks, officials said.
Wackenhut Corrections Corp. conducted an audit of its facility last week after the Aug. 26 escape.
"Those security enhancements will make the security improvements that we need," said Warden Cloid L. Shuler. "Wackenhut Corrections has made it clear that it has zero tolerance on escapes."
The San Antonio facility is used to house parole violators, federal prisoners and out-of-state inmates. Davis was serving a life sentence without parole for the 1992 killings of two people in Tulsa County.
Allan Polunsky, chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, said significant change also needs to occur in classifying prisoners as violent or nonviolent.
He wants the Texas Legislature to address the prisoner classification issue when it convenes in January.
"An inmate that is serving a life sentence with no parole should be in a maximum-security prison," Polunsky said in Wednesday's San Antonio Express-News. "They should not have brought somebody down here with that type of history."
Davis was part of a program intended to ease prison crowding in Oklahoma. The state is paying for inmates to be housed in private prisons.
"He was improperly classified to be sent here," Polunsky said.
Shuler said the Wackenhut jail has housed violent and nonviolent prisoners for years, and he said no building is "escape-proof."
Davis used a broomstick to pry open a Plexiglas window cover, then slid through a 6-inch opening to a fourth-floor ledge. He slid down a homemade rope to the ground floor and fled.
Davis was caught three days later at a San Antonio motel.Archive ID: 661263