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Escaped inmate jail report bringing changes to Clark County Jail

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Michael Johnson's 2014 mugshot from Multnomah County. Michael Johnson's 2014 mugshot from Multnomah County.

Big changes are coming to the Clark County Jail in Vancouver, three months after an inmate escaped by switching clothes and ID bracelets with another inmate. 

Michael Johnson was facing 24 years in prison for kidnapping and assault convictions and was on the run for a month before he was captured in Illinois.

According to the jail escape report obtained by Fox 12, deputies found six things that led to Johnson’s escape. 

The first issue was wristbands. Investigators say another inmate – Laquan Boggs who was scheduled for release in May – somehow managed to get a second wristband issued and gave Johnson one. Johnson then used that wristband to get out. 

The chief corrections deputy says he recommends getting rid of wristbands, and using inmate ID cards with barcodes that can be scanned along with a picture ID instead.

Next, investigators found Johnson got his hair cut to look like Boggs'. While they say there was no way to know if it was an escape indicator at the time, they will now train deputies how this could be an example of someone creating an escape plan.

Third, when releasing Johnson, the deputy only had a small booking photo to look at, making it difficult to tell it was actually a picture of Boggs. To fix this, the jail has put in a monitor that will show large images of the inmates so deputies can accurately identify them. 

Investigators also say the releasing deputy only asked identification questions – such as Boggs’ birthdate – that were on that wristband, so Johnson could easily get the answers. The jail has now added a computer to give releasing deputies access to more information to ask inmates they are about to release, including personal questions only the inmate being released would know.

During the escape, Johnson's fingerprints weren't compared to Boggs'. The jail has since installed a fingerprint tool. Inmates now have their prints taken when they are booked and when they are released, and the prints are compared before an inmate is let out. The system had actually been bought before Johnson's escape but had not been installed. He escaped just weeks before the scheduled setup.

Lastly, it took officials three and a half hours to realize Johnson was missing. They say during a head count, they found Boggs was still in their jail. Deputies say the only way to improve this is to have fewer inmates under each deputy's supervision, so they will better know who the inmates are.

Johnson was back in court earlier this month and was sentenced to an additional five years for the escape.

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