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RPSO Will Make No Changes to Trusty Program

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- The Rapides Parish Sheriff's office said it has no plans to change its trusty vetting process
following an incident on June 2, 2014 where an inmate escaped and then murdered a woman in Grant Parish.

RPSO has said that they have taken a look at protocol since this incident, but there will be no changes to the classification process for granting trusty status to inmates.

Major Douglas Hollingsworth said, "Our policies are mirrored after the department of corrections in the state of Louisiana. Those are the policies we use. We will continue to use them."

Two weeks ago, Mckennedy Armstead, who was in jail for narcotics violations and had only two weeks left to serve, escaped form a City of Alexandria monitored work detail.

According to reports, Armstead stole a city truck and dumped it, winding up just outside of Colfax before he shot and killed Jhonie Kite, then himself.

Major Hollingsworth that that this incident could, "Never could have been predicted. He was a model prisoner while he was inside the facility."

The city says that it depends on the parish to properly vet the inmates, but there are promises to take a closer look at the supervisor that was in charge of Armstead when he escaped.

Jaques Roy said, "We certainly have to look at whoever we supervise if we're going to use this type of labor. We have to look at that. We will."

The Sheriff's Office says that before an inmate ever makes it to the public they are put through a lengthy grooming process.

Major Hollingsworth reiterated that point, saying, "He goes through several years usually inside the facility. And, he proves himself to be worthy and he's not causing any trouble."

This inmate did, certainly, cause trouble, deputies say that they will continue to stand by their program. 

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