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MISSING INMATE: Work Release Inmate Escapes

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Authorities in central Iowa are looking for an escaped inmate after he failed to return to the Fort Des Moines Work Release Facility.

Jessie Smith is serving a 10-year sentence for second-degree robbery. Police say the 24-year-old did not return to the facility after leaving his job.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police.

1 Comment

  • Jess

    How often do we have to have a work release inmate not return before we look for a better way to handle this?
    Aren’t there enough jobs that cities and municipalities are paying for now that could be done by low risk, monitored inmates?
    If we must let them leave unsupervised, couldn’t you put an ankle monitor on them so they can’t just walk away?

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