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03-12-2004, 09:27 PM
This is a little late but I thought I would post it because of the security updates concerning visitation. I got this from the MDOC website.

Jackson The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) is pleased to announce the return of escaped inmate Larry Hentz #46521. On March 5, 2004 at 11:20 a.m., Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP) escapee Larry Hentz was escorted back through the front gate of MSP by MDOC security officials and placed in Unit 32, the maximum security unit at Parchman.

“We are relieved that this dangerous individual is back in our custody,” said Commissioner Christopher Epps. “Larry Hentz will continue serving his life term with the state of Mississippi in maximum security at the Mississippi State Penitentiary.”

At the time of his escape from MSP on November 17, 2003, Hentz was serving a life sentence for homicide in Tate County; a three-year sentence for general burglary in Tallahatchie County; a five-year sentence for grand larceny in Lafayette County; a five year sentence for receiving stolen property and a life sentence for property crime in Panola County. Hentz was able to cut through one of the bars on the window of his cell in Unit 24 B at MSP and two perimeter fences surrounding the unit, escaping to Highway 49 South where he was picked up by his wife, Elizabeth Lacy Hentz, who allegedly aided Hentz in the escape. The pair were subsequently apprehended in San Diego by the Fugitive Group of the San Diego Violent Crimes Task Force, December 11, 2003.

Commissioner Epps ordered an investigation by his Internal Audit Division into the escape of Hentz immediately following his disappearance. The investigation found numerous infractions of staff neglecting to carry out proper standard operating procedures and policies. Eleven (11) MDOC employees faced disciplinary action following the investigation. Additionally, upgraded security equipment including metal detectors has been purchased to hinder the introduction of dangerous contraband into the institution during inmate/family visitation.

“The MDOC will continue to be diligent in holding staff at all levels accountable when security policies and procedures are not followed,” Commissioner Epps said. “These men and women work in a dangerous environment and adherence to policies and operating procedures is crucial and mandatory. Nothing less will be tolerated.”