Investigators probe escapes at halfway house

PADUCAH, KY (AP) - A published report says police are investigating escapes from a halfway house in Paducah.

The Paducah Sun quoted Karen Hall, clinical services director for Keeton Corrections, who confirmed investigators are looking into allegations that inmates paid employees of the privately operated facility to let them leave and meet with friends.

Commonwealth's Attorney Dan Boaz declined to discuss specific issues of the investigation, but indicated it is more broad than possible bribes paid to employees of the Paducah Community Service Center.

No criminal charges have been filed in an April 18 escape involving four inmates, but Hall said it resulted in the firing of two staffers, whom she declined to identify.

The newspaper reports three other escapes have occurred since February. About 100 state and federal inmates live at the halfway house.

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