By: CJ Cassidy
JACKSON, Mo. - A costly security breach at the Cape Girardeau County jail. That's where two male federal inmates managed to sneak into the female cell block Monday.
The problem now, isn't about anyone breaking out - it's about the money that isn't coming in. Ever since the remodeled Cape Girardeau County Jail opened for business six years ago, administrators counted on cashing in from housing federal inmates. Since Monday's security breach, the US Marshals pulled out 19 of 29 federal inmates at the jail - with no word on when and if they'll return. "That's how we pay for this facility. that's how we set this thing up. $50.82 a day per inmate will be lost while those 19 are out of there," Jordan says.
With almost a $1000 a day at stake, Sheriff John Jordan says he and his staff want to make sure it never happens again. "It was very simple, the way the system was defeated that's why we're disturbed by it," Jordan says.
As for the motive - Sheriff Jordan calls it a lover's rendezvous; one of the male inmates apparently had a girlfriend in the female cell block, and the other inmate just went along for a chat. "Some people made light of it saying hey do you allow conjugal visits over there now? Absolutely not. The jokes are fine, yes there was human error on our jail staff's part. Our problem is what if this wasn't simply to get with a girlfriend? what if this was to stick a shank in some body's heart?" Jordan asks.