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40 years ago: Trusted prisoner makes escape from county jail

June 17, 2011

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From the Lawrence Journal-World for June 17, 1971:

  • The "trusty" at the Douglas County Jail had proven to be not as trustworthy as had been believed. Jail trusties were not locked into a cell during daylight hours, wore "civilian" clothing and did minor errands and routine cleaning inside and outside the jail. Charles E. Girton, 23, who was serving a six-month sentence for joyriding, had been sent on an errand at about 6:30 p.m. on the previous day and had not yet returned. He had been serving as a trusty for about 10 days and had made several trips daily away from the immediate jail area, but he had always returned.
  • The problems experienced by returning Vietnam War veterans were discussed at an organizational meeting for Task Force for Jobs for Veterans. Lawrence city officials, employment personnel and representatives of veterans' groups gathered to discuss such issues as unemployment, underfinanced training programs, lack of transition counseling, and an increasingly serious drug problem.

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