Jerrol Jones escaped from the Denver Detention Center one year ago by simply walking out of the front door and has yet to be captured.
The 31-year-old used a face mask and false information to successfully execute his escape.
According to the Denver Sheriff's Department, Jerrol "manipulated the release system" by pretending to be an inmate that was set to be released and then managed to escape on July 26th, 2020 around 1:00 in the afternoon.
It was reported by the Problem Solvers a year ago that the fingerprint system used by the sheriff's department known as the Mobile Morpho Print was not working during the time that Jerrol tricked the deputies into allowing him to leave. At the time all inmates were wearing face masks due to the COVID pandemic and Jerrol was not asked to lower his due to precautions.
Jerrol pretended to be an inmate who was set to be released that day, 22-year-old Donne Allen. An arrest warrant obtained the Problem Solvers states that Donne Allen had just, "returned from court and was set to be released on a personal recognizance bond. The Denver Sheriff staff entered the pod area, where Jerrol and Allen were being housed, and called for Donne Allen. Jerrol Jones replied/answered and identified himself as Donne Allen. Jerrol Jones was able to obtain Donne Allen’s DDC issued identity wristband and was also able to confirm Donne Allen’s full name, date of birth, location of arrest, and reason for arrest. Jerrol Jones was then released from the DDC under the name and information of Donne Allen.”
Donne Allen was released on the same day that Jerrol escaped but he was rearrested on suspicion of stealing a car and possessing someone else's identity the very next day.
The sheriff's department put a new procedure in place for deputies to have inmates briefly remove their masks to view the inmate's face and to be able to cross-reference with the inmate's booking photo.
A spokeswoman for the Denver Department of Public Safety said the investigation into potential failures by certain deputies should be completed next month.
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