• Armstrong Co. Prison board to hire outside firm to investigate escaped inmate incident

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    RAYBURN, Pa. - The Armstrong County Prison board held its first public meeting since an inmate escaped and allegedly killed a woman in late July.

    Officials said that the meeting was a way to let the public know what the board is doing to investigate the escape.


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    Specifics of the incident were not discussed, but the board said they want to hire an outside firm to investigate.

    The decision to hire an external firm was unanimous.

    Jason Lewis, prison board solicitor, said that having an outside firm conduct the investigation could lead to changes in protocol and personnel.

    The trustee program that escapee Robert Crissman was involved in when he escaped has been suspended by the warden indefinitely.

    The board could make a selection of the firm to hire at a regularly scheduled Thursday meeting. 

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