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Federal Inmate Escapes: Feds Wait 10 Hours to Tell Local Law Enforcement
web posted February 19, 2013
EDGEFIELD – A Federal Prison inmate
escaped on Tuesday, and although FCI knew the inmate was missing they
delayed notifying the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office by 10 hours.
"He'd been gone at least hours before they (Federal authorities)
contacted us," Edgefield County Sheriff's Capt. Chris Wash said. "They
said they didn't need our help, that they were handling it."
Not much comfort to local residents who, for at least 10 hours, had an
escaped Federal prisoner roaming the streets and neighborhoods. Not to
mention that the very agency responsible for keeping inmates in check,
had the escape, and wants no local help in locating the convicted
By the time local law enforcement was notified the prisoner had time to
be many miles away, not giving local law enforcement a chance to locate
the escaped prisoner.
The prisoner is not a violent offender and either walked away from a
work site or from "the camp", a location at the compound that houses
those who are treated like trustees and work on the grounds or on work
details with the county or town's work crews.
Calls seeking comment from FCI were unsuccessful. The name of the
prisoner was not available for this report.
Capt. Wash said that the late notice of an escapee is nothing new for
the Federal Prison. That is a marked difference from the State Prison
in Trenton. As soon as an inmate is missing, or even thought to be
missing, all local law enforcement agencies are notified and a
perimeter is set up to try to capture the missing inmate.
The only description given is the inmate was a black male.
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