POPCOPSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) -- A community is still looking for answers in the wake of a two-week manhunt for Danelo Cavalcante, theThe search had residents, schools and business owners on edge.
about what's being done to prevent another prison escape from happening again.
Chester County residents came prepared with their questions. They showed strength in numbers with one goal in mind: to keep their community safe and make sure this doesn't happen again.
"I didn't realize how much tension there was until it was over," a person said.
Chester County residents are relieved their lives are back to normal after the
Residents showed up to the Chester County Town Hall meeting at Pocopson Elementary School to learn more about what's being done for their safety moving forward.
"There is a lot of anxiety in this community and it was really hard on the residents and the entire county," Marian Moskowitz, of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, said.
All cameras and recording devices were not allowed inside the meeting.
A sign was posted out front that read the event is intended as a safe space to ask questions and process the trauma.
However, many questions revolved around staffing levels and communication methods like prison sirens and reverse 911 calls after Cavalcante escaped.
"I am so appreciative of what everyone did, all the police and everyone but we want better security and we want better communication," a person said.
"We are wondering why a hardened criminal or dangerous criminal would be put in a county system?" a person said.
Acting Warden Howard Holland said he too is frustrated, angry and sorry to the community, and plans to make major changes and upgrades to the prison.
"A lot of frustrated people, angry people I understand where they are coming from the range of emotions but I am glad we had an outlet for them to come out, meet face to face and get their concerns addressed," Holland said.
One change included completely enclosing the exercise yard,They also added razor wire and metal screens to certain areas to make them more secure.
"We are going to enhance everything. We have everything from K-9, drone technology, countermeasures, to cameras, 75 to 100 cameras additional," Holland said.
Residents said a lot of work needs to be done but are happy the conversations are happening on how they can make their communities safer.
"I feel better than I when I came in," a woman said.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the elementary school.
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