SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Three Shelby County inmates have escaped over the last three months.
FOX13 found all of them had one thing in common -- all three escapes happened on work-release projects.
Around 7:45 Monday morning, Shelby County Inmate Jack Kilpatrick took off from his work-release site.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office announced Kilpatrick was back in custody, captured by authorities in Alabama the same afternoon.
He was the first Shelby County inmate who escaped in 2020.
FOX13 reported in early November, Shelby County inmate Samuel Bridges escaped corrections in a work van.
After a brief search, he was captured and arrested.
Another escaped inmate remains on the run.
Corneitra Dye was reported missing from her assigned work area in mid-November of last year.
She was classified as a walk-off and hasn’t been spotted since.
FOX13 Investigates filed a records request seeking the total number of inmate escapes from 2017, 2018, and 2019.
We are still waiting for that data.
FOX13 also reached out to the county and sheriff's office officials to ask if they believe more protections need to be put in place when it comes to work release programs.
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