Detox facility sees increased security after patients escape

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Officials say they are increasing security at a Massachusetts detox facility after 12 patients have escaped in less than a month.

WFXT-TV reports the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Plymouth houses a detox center previously housed at the Bridgewater State Hospital. People with drug addictions are sent to the facility to detox on a judge’s order, often against their will.

This Sunday marked the third time since the center relocated on May 1 that a patient undergoing treatment has escaped. Residents say the escapes are a concern, especially with children in the neighborhood.

In a statement to WFXT-TV, the Department of Corrections says it is installing fences at the facility. The department says it anticipates having some fencing in place “as early as three weeks from now.”



Information from: WFXT-TV, http://www.myfoxboston.com