It's Just Me. Arnold

From (AP), Fort Madison, Iowa; reprinted in JFA newsletter no. 9, October 1994

Once word of this gets out, there may be a significant increase in the number of inmates calling themselves Arnold at the brand new, $1.8 million Lee County Jail. State Senator Lowell Junkins, D-Montrose, and District Judge David Hendrickson volunteered to help Sheriff Bud Arnold by serving one day in jail for a test-run of the jail's security before it was opened for inmates.

Both escaped.

The two, along with a probation officer, had been playing cards in the jail's recreation area when they decided to break out. "As I said to the judge, you gotta try the obvious," Junkins said. So, the group walked over to an intercom and asked an unseen guard to open the door. "Who is it?" the guard asked.

"It's Arnold. Open the door.""

came the reply. The door opened and off went the trio. "There's no question they'll ever open that door again without knowing who is there," Junkins said. "That's probably one of the most secure places there is now." He said the sheriff is "happy that we showed a weak spot."

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