Post prison break: A look at ‘minimum-medium’ security facility housing T.J. Lane

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LIMA, Ohio -- Convicted Chardon shooter T.J. Lane is back in custody after escaping from Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution Thursday night.

He wasn't alone -- Lane, 19, was with two other inmates: Clifford Opperud and Lindsey Bruce.  The three escaped around 7:40 p.m. by apparently scaling a fence.

Bruce was caught near a church off of Blue Lick Road not long after. Lane was captured around 1:20 a.m. about 100 yards away from the prison. Opperud was arrested around 4:22 a.m. It's not clear where he was found.

The whole incident now has people asking: what kind of prison did they escape from? And how did it happen?

The Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution is about 100 miles west of Mansfield. It opened in 1994 and covers 18 acres. It's classified as minimum to medium security.

**For SkyFox video taken Thursday night from above the facility, click the video player at the bottom of this page**

So, what was T.J. Lane doing there? After the escape, Lane's former attorney, Ian Friedman, commented on what he knew about the facility.

"I think I know all I need to know, which is this shouldn't have happened," said Friedman. "The Allen Correctional facility should not be allowing people to get out, and particularly someone of this level. Someone with this notoriety. Someone with this sort of conviction. So that's about all I want to know about Allen."

According to statistics on the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's website, eight of more than 1,600 inmates are classified as maximum security. A state inspection this year showed that it was about 200 inmates over capacity.

There are 439 employees, and 284 of them are involved in security.

A state report rated Allen's safety and security as "good." In fact, it got generally good marks in several other categories.

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