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CBS46 looks inside a prisoner transport bus

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FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

As the manhunt ended for two escaped inmates accused in the fatal shootings of two corrections officers in Putnam County, CBS46 is taking a closer look inside one of the buses used to transport the inmates.

We spoke with Lieutenant Chevron Forehand with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office and she explained to us that safety is the number one priority. She says Fulton County has never had a prisoner escape from one of their buses and the possibility of that happening is very unlikely.

"We're transporting inmates that have aggravated charges and that have nothing to lose," says Forehand. "We will secure them in and then we will lock them with a chain. I can't speak to what they did or what happened or what took place but it just heightens our awareness."

Their heightened awareness comes after the escape of Ricky DuBose and Donnie Rowe, who were caught in Tennessee after three days on the run. The pair broke through a gate on a transport bus that separates prisoners and officers. They then allegedly overpowered and shot two corrections officers to death before carjacking a vehicle. 

Questions still remain about the gate. Officials say it should have been locked and the inmates should have been handcuffed but it is still unclear if they were.

Back to Lieutenant Forehand, who says each jurisdiction has different safety features and protocols on their buses. She says a violent offender on a Fulton County bus would first have to unlock a series of restraints and then would have to somehow make it through three locked doors.

"It's mandatory that we do both leg irons and waist chains and then chain to the rear and before we place them on the bus we're doing a full thorough search," says Forehand. "We would have a deputy that's driving we would have a passenger and he would be armed with a long gun."

On more updated buses, there are cameras to watch each prisoner's movements. 

CBS46 asked Governor Nathan Deal if officers have enough to keep them safe on the transport buses. He said the ongoing investigation will determine if more security is needed.

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