Louisiana Man Arrested for Trying to Break In to Jail
Sheriff's Department officials in Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish have to be scratching their heads at least a little this morning. It's true that Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso runs a great jail and the amenities are, well it's jail so they aren't that spectacular. But they were at least enticing enough for a former prisoner to want to break back into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Facility on Wednesday just so he could spend the night.
Sherrif Mancuso's Department released a video of the incident on CPSO's Facebook page. In that video, you can clearly see a shadowy figure walking outside the facility. Meanwhile, the inside camera shows the moment when the man threw a rock through one of the windows.
Calcasieu Parish Deputies identified the suspect as Kenneth D. Hunt of Lake Charles. Hunt had been incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Facility since November 1st of last year. He was in jail facing allegations of theft, criminal damage to property, and criminal trespassing.
It was noted in the Calcasieu Sheriff's Department Facebook post that Hunt had been released from the facility at about 3 pm on Wednesday after those charges against him were dropped.
It is now alleged that Hunt is the man in the surveillance video shown above who used a large rock to attempt to break back into the jail at about 8 pm on Wednesday evening. Hunt told deputies he wanted a place to sleep and a meal. In the still photo from the CPSO video (above), you can see the moment the rock crashed through the glass.
While the concept of "breaking into jail" might seem a bit odd or even humorous, it happens a lot more often than you would imagine. Those who have served time often become accustomed to the very structured life behind bars. When that structure is removed many of those former inmates find themselves "lost" in a free society.
Statistics show that 68% of those released from prison will be re-arrested within three years. Although it is uncommon for a former prisoner to be re-arrested in less than six hours of his release.
Hunt was charged with criminal damage to property. At the time of the CPSO Facebook posting Hunt's bond arrangments had not been finalized. We should also note that Hunt should be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.