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Marion County Sheriff's Department Changes Inmate Transportation Procedures

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After a man escaped from the North Central Regional Jail using another man's identity, the Marion County Sheriff's Department knew it needed to make a change.

It has implemented a new procedure to make sure that never happens again.

"He ended up switching arm bands and identification with someone else. He came here to our county under the name of somebody else," said Joe Carpenter, Marion County Sheriff.

The sheriff's department said Kevin Gregory swapped clothes with Bruce Clayton, who was set to be released on home confinement.

"Once he got here, he went through the process of a normal release. When he never showed up in home confinement, they called up and said where is this guy at, he never got here. Then we knew something was wrong," Sheriff Carpenter said.

It was the first time something like this had happened in Marion County and the sheriff's department said it did not take it lightly.

"When we release people in Marion County, that's on us. We don't want people out there running around on the loose," Sheriff Carpenter said.

The U.S. Marshals Service caught Gregory the next day near Buckhannon.

The sheriff's department has made some changes to ensure something like this never happens again.

"We're asking for their original booking card whenever they came to their agency. A photo that day and then we are asking for a photo the day that they're coming," Sheriff Carpenter said. "We're not rewriting nobody's policies. We are just doing what we can on this end so it doesn't happen again."

Sheriff Carpenter said that new procedure went into effect on Thursday, August 15.

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