HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Officials with the Department of Public Safety say 23-year old Daniel Skelton's slim build may have helped him climb though the ceiling of the bathroom at OCCC's Annex One. Skelton is believed to have punched a hole in the ceiling. He was then able to get to the roof of the one-story, wooden building.
Skelton is 5'10" and weighs 145 pounds.
The convicted thief was being held for violating probation. He has numerous arrests for burglary and theft.
Less than a week earlier, another inmate, Allan Abihai walked away from the work furlough program. He was convicted of rape and attempted murder.
Skelton is considered a 'medium security' inmate.
Annex One was built to house work furlough inmates, not 'medium security' ones, but over crowding forced DPS to make the change.
"I wish we could put them in a more secure building," says Ted Sakai, the Director of the Department of Public Safety.
The main buildings have stronger walls.
OCCC houses 1100 inmates, but Sakai says it was built to house 600.
State Senator Will Espero is on the Public Safety Committee. He says lawmakers have discussed many options for dealing with over crowding.
Among the ideas, getting rid of OCCC altogether and expanding the prison in Halawa or build one in West Oahu to accommodate.
Another option, a prison built with private money. The state would then pay back the cost monthly, like a mortgage.
But Senator Espero says nothing is set because prisons are not a top priority for many people. The two escapes highlife the importance of the issue.