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Oklahoma town calls for more safety amid inmate escapes


August 19, 2018

TAFT, Okla. (AP) — When Frank Taylor moved to Taft from California six years ago, his friends asked how he could live in a town of about 300 people right next to two prisons. He laughed it off.

"I got two big pit bulls," Taylor said.

Taylor said the Oklahoma town is a place where he thought he could leave his doors unlocked. His home, near the center of town, is less than a mile from one of the prisons, Jess Dunn Correctional Center.

The minimum-security men's prison has a problem.

Seven people have walked away from minimum security prisons in 2018, and four of those escapes happened...

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