Broward Sheriff Scott Israel on Monday announced stronger procedures for how maximum-security jail prisoners are guarded, three days after a murder suspect carried out an astonishing Houdini-like escape from his leg shackles, handcuffs and a fourth-floor courtroom.
Dayonte Resiles, 21, remained on the lam more than 72 hours after making his daring getaway Friday morning from the Broward County courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Four alleged accomplices were arrested over the weekend.
Effective immediately, maximum-security inmates like Resiles will be constantly monitored and guarded when they go to court, Israel said.
“When a maximum-security inmate is moved for any appearance in court, the detention deputy will remain with the inmate and will only release custody once an armed deputy is present,” the sheriff said. “Though this change requires significant logistical coordination, I am confident this change will make the courthouse safer and lessen the chance of inmate escape.”