Canyon County

Canyon jail’s latest escapees captured; meeting set on future of 'tent' jail

Jeffrey Duvall, left, and Juan Cervantes
Jeffrey Duvall, left, and Juan Cervantes

Two men who escaped from the Canyon County jail Saturday night were captured Tuesday afternoon, still in Caldwell and still together, according to a county news release.

Jeffrey Duvall and Juan Cervantes were arrested without incident at a home on Bighorn Way, the sheriff's office reports. They are the fourth and fifth inmates who have escaped from the county’s tent-like minimum security structure in about a year.

On Thursday morning, Canyon County commissioners are scheduled to discuss the future of "Pod 5," which was built for work-release inmates but recently has provided 24/7 housing for inmates classified as minimum security as part of varied efforts to ease the jail's chronic overcrowding.

Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue has repeatedly said the structure is inadequate for its current use, and new security measures are planned to try to shore it up. Commission Chairman Steve Rule said Monday that commissioners will discuss relocating the minimum security prisoners and reverting the structure to its original use for work-release housing.

That meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday. As of Monday, the structure housed 83 inmates.

The sheriff’s office is continuing to interview potential witnesses and investigate the circumstances surrounding the latest escape. Both Duvall and Cervantes are expected to be charged with felony escape and malicious injury to property, plus possible additional charges. Both men were in custody on felony probation violations. Online arrest records show that Duvall’s latest charges are attempted strangulation and domestic battery with traumatic injury, while Cervantes’ were driving without privileges, misdemeanor DUI and drug possession.