The Fox TV affiliate in Indianapolis, which has done the best local job of covering Sarah Pender’s storied crime career, featured the book, Girl Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender last night. Meanwhile, the prison from which Pender escaped in August 2008 has responded to findings reported in the book, including a lax, country-clubbish rife with corrupt guards and unmanned guard posts. The spokeswoman at Rockville Correction Facility in Indiana, Pam Ferguson, came back with a classy response. Along the way in my reporting, Ferguson hung up on me, a not-so-smart way to handle a reporter. My assistant for the book later called her and obtained information. At any rate, Ferguson handled this with grace. And I take back all the bad flack qualities I attributed to her under my breath.
From the book: The women’s prison in Rockville, which held an average of 1,205 inmates a day in 2008, was established in 1970 at a former U.S. Air Force observation base that was built in 1948. It served well as a military outpost, but its turn as a prison was less than sterling in terms of security, with murmurs of corrupt guards and easy contraband. But physically, the medium-security facility, which sits on a hill a mile from a main drag of the Parke County town for which it is named in western Indiana, was beautiful and modern.