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Three work release inmates escape in the same day

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

On Monday two inmates in Perry County and one in Clay County escaped from work release.

That makes at least four inmates who have escaped just this month in Eastern Kentucky.

Frankie Joe Brumley was working at Paces Creek Elementary School in Clay County on Monday when he walked away from his assigned area.

In Perry County Fallon Hall and Karen Bailey went missing the same day while weed eating at a cemetery.

"The guards were working on a weed eater at the time and two females decided to put their weed eaters down and run into the woods," said Kentucky River Regional Jail Administrator Tim Kilburn.

There are some guidelines for these work release programs.

First the Clay County jailer says they must be non-violent offenders.

"It's according to your classification, and all that information comes from the state Department of Corrections," said Clay County Jailer Kenny Price.

At Kentucky River Regional Jail, officials say they send out work crews of ten inmates with two supervisors per crew.

"The two guards generally stay right around the area where the inmates are and walk around the perimeter where they are working and make sure they are there," said Kilburn.

But when inmates do escape, officials say it's usually not for long.

When it comes to why the inmates escape, both jailers say they are really not sure since many of the escapees are close to their release dates.

If you have any information about the escapees you should contact police.

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