Inmate doesn't return to prison

May 28, 1997

A former high school basketball star imprisoned at Maryland Correctional Training Center failed to report back to prison from a work-release program Tuesday and was still at large Tuesday night, Maryland State Police said.

Diamond Christopher Scott, 18, of Hagerstown, was working at the Airport Inn on Md. 11 when he disappeared at 6:40 p.m., authorities said.

Scott is described as a black male, 6 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing about 195 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Scott was in prison on larceny and assault convictions, said David Powers, a spokesman for the Maryland Division of Corrections.

Powers said Scott had a release date of November 1997. If captured and convicted, he faces up to 10 more years in prison.


The work-release program allows inmates close to release a chance to work in regular jobs during the day and report back to prison at night. Powers said inmates rarely try to escape since they are so close to winning release.

Powers said inmates earn the special arrangement with good behavior in prison.

"Inmates earn that privilege. All that's closely scrutinized by their institutional performance," he said. "The idea of the work-release program is to get the guy integrated back into society."

Scott was a basketball star at St. Maria Goretti and North Hagerstown high schools before he got into trouble with the law.

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