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Escape prompts change in how inmates are transferred

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:40 p.m. HST, Feb 21, 2013

In the wake of Wednesday’s escape by murder suspect Teddy Munet, Public Safety Director Ted Sakai is ordering that all medium and maximum security inmates be required to wear handcuffs, waist chains and leg irons when being transferred to courtrooms for hearings.

The order became “effective immediately” as of last night, said Toni Schwartz, DPS public information officer. The order is being made “in accordance with existing policy.”

Other procedural changes following Munet's escape are being studied, Schwartz said.

Munet escaped from corrections officers shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday as they were taking him out of a van at Circuit Court, where he was scheduled to appear for a hearing.

He was recaptured about eight blocks away in front of an condominium complex on Waimanu Street about 7:20 p.m.

Sakai, at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, said Munet was not wearing leg shackles and should have been.

Public Safety’s internal affairs office is conducting an investigation into the matter, as is routine when there is an escape, Schwartz said today.

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PokeStop wrote:
Look at that guard in the light blue shirt....no wonder Teddy Munet was able to get away. Guard needs to visit Jenny Craig as he's at least 150 lbs over weight!
on February 21,2013 | 11:54AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
If you look closely at that guy, he's actually 2 guys standing close togethe
on February 21,2013 | 12:37PM
dufus wrote:
No wonder they couldn't catch this guy, look at the picture of that OCCC guard. So sad, what the heck are they feeding these obese guards..!
on February 21,2013 | 11:57AM
teotwawki wrote:
Whoa! Whoa! Brah this is todays pictures, we got our two fastest runners on MUNET now!!
on February 21,2013 | 12:12PM
jess wrote:
Are the guards who failed to leg shackle a MURDER SUSPECT being evaluated for their blunder? If this guy would have been properly transferred he would have never been able to run away from guards. Looks like DPS needs to start some sort of physical fitness testing as well, it's no wonder why Munet got such a big head start.
on February 21,2013 | 12:06PM
olos73 wrote:
Just wait little while, going get job openings for Corrections Officers soon.
on February 21,2013 | 12:37PM
ezridah wrote:
based on the picture, leg shackles may not make any difference.......;>O
on February 21,2013 | 12:10PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
They should also retrain the ACOs on how to secure handcuffs as well as Munet was able to slip out of his. Incompetence runs rampant in this state.
on February 21,2013 | 12:39PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Judging from that picture they need to stop feeding the guards. Even with leg shackles I bet Munet would have still gotten away.
on February 21,2013 | 12:13PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Something doesn't smell right here. Is Ted Sakai saying there were never procedures in place to transport prisoners? I believe there are procedures in place but the ACOs did not follow them. Is the SA staff up for some real investigation? BTW, in last night's TV interview, Sakai came across as someone who's not in touch with what he's supposed to be know. I was incredulous at some of the things he said.
on February 21,2013 | 12:37PM
RTWONG wrote:
Ted Sakai is all shibai. going to investigate what happen,WHY? Typical excuse when things go wrong, all the rules were in place they just DID NOT follow them, HEADS SHOULD ROLL, starting with the top .And stop using the excuse WE ARE SHORT HANDED, braddah you guys are SHORT ON BRAINS.
on February 22,2013 | 07:38AM
lani_moo wrote:
Aren't the inmates also supposed to wear the bright orange jumpsuit? Munet was wearing a black hooded jacket and shorts.
on February 21,2013 | 12:40PM
cojef wrote:
YEah just blends in with the crowd and hard to determine if he is prisoner.
on February 21,2013 | 01:51PM
bleedgreen wrote:
It used to be all those being arrainged were ankle-shackled when being transferred from country jail to the court for their morning hearing. When did that change? I am guessing some human rights group protested such "inhmane" treatment. Now what?
on February 21,2013 | 12:43PM
Synikal1 wrote:
I wonder if they maybe lazy to bend over n put on - take off leg shackles?? easier just keep it off n restrain the crook's upper torso.
on February 21,2013 | 01:13PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I don't think that guy can bend over.
on February 21,2013 | 01:22PM
PokeStop wrote:
Whow these two guards are the width of that yellow bus if you put them side by side! Two ACO's equal the weight on a one ton bus!
on February 21,2013 | 01:37PM
ghstar wrote:
Once again the governor is nowhere to be seen when state appointees and employees demonstrate incomptence. Okay, Neil, we know where the buck is supposed to stop. You need to improve your game and get the message out to state managers.
on February 21,2013 | 01:45PM
cojef wrote:
Public Safety is what taxpayers expect, anything else is rubbish.
on February 21,2013 | 01:53PM
kapoleidude1 wrote:
what a disgrace to public safety!! no leg shackles......??!!! HELLO!!!! what were u guys think? so common sonse, but i guess these guys have none
on February 21,2013 | 02:08PM
tobyclairmont wrote:
Leg chains...good! Give DPS a chance to catch these guys. How about a ball and chain?
on February 21,2013 | 02:54PM
alfie1 wrote:
If the supervisor-was in fact supervising-well? Yep should never happened-and therefore Never been a subject item for the newspaper! imua
on February 21,2013 | 03:33PM
Senior_Researcher wrote:
"The order is being made “in accordance with existing policy.”" Does that mean the ACO's (who probably can't catch a running escapee even WITH leg chains!), won't be filing a grievance thru their union because of the extra work involved? I won't be surprised if they do.
on February 21,2013 | 04:07PM
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