California jail reviews security after suspect escapes 

Northern California officials are reviewing jail security a week after a suspected child molester overpowered his single guard and escaped from custody.

Johnell Carter remains on the lam after his escape while on an out-of-jail visit to a medical clinic March 6. Carter was handcuffed and shackled at the waist when he fought with his guard outside the clinic. The guard suffered a shoulder injury. A manhunt of more than 50 law enforcement officials and police helicopter failed to find Carter.

Carter was arrested a year ago and charged with sexually abusing a young relative. He was classified as a minimum security inmate, which are guarded by a single deputy when taken outside court.

The San Jose Mercury News reported Friday ((http://tinyurl.com/qaz9tqw ) that Santa Clara County Sheriff officials are reviewing security procedures when transporting inmates.

"We do understand that the transportation of inmates is our weakest link in our security, and we're looking at options to prevent this from ever occurring," Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. James Jensen told the paper.

Some 160,000 inmates were transported last year without an escape, the paper reported.

Jensen says Carter's minimum security status "was based upon his behavior inside custody and the severity of his charges."

A $3,000 award has been offered for information leading Carter's capture.

Campbell Police arrested Carter on March 10, 2014 and was awaiting trial on five charges of child molestation. He also was convicted of robbery in San Joaquin County and faced other charges in Santa Clara County, including spousal abuse charges.

Carter is described as black, 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighing 220 pounds. He has a tattoo of "Amy" on his left neck and another tattoo reading "Johnell Jr." on his left arm.

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