Daniel Legg, 23, of Norwalk, was serving time for criminal damaging and assault. “The investigation is just getting started,” Maj. Mike Cooksey said, Huron County Sheriff’s Office jail administrator. “It looks like he was distraught over breaking up with his girlfriend,” he said.
Legg was in one of the jail’s seven pods near evening lockdown time Friday, just after 9 p.m., when inmates are confined to their cells for the night. He went into his first floor cell, then came back out, ran up the stairs and climbed over the side of a fence to jump.
Legg isn’t the first inmate to jump off the second tier in the cell areas.
A few weeks ago, another inmate also jumped and was injured, requiring hospitalization, Cooksey said.
Fencing was put up after the first incident to keep it from happening again, and Cooksey contacted a contractor to figure out how to prevent any other such incidents from happening.
“We’re in the midst of getting that settled to get it done,” he said Saturday.
After speaking with Sheriff Dane Howard about the second jumper, the sheriff’s office has instituted a new policy that will require inmates to stay in their cells unless two corrections officers are present in the pod.
Prior to the change, officers could monitor all seven pods from video feeds at a central control room, as well as see directly into each one.
But for safety, correctional officers will now rotate between the pods to let the inmates out of their cells for at least an hour a day, until the issue can be addressed.
“It’s going to cost us quite a bit of overtime,” Cooksey said. “We’re going to have to call in additional officers.”
Cooksey will be consulting with prosecutors about whether both of the inmates who jumped could be criminally charged for the incidents.