Inmate who walked away from work detail captured in Baltimore

June 14, 2011|By DAN DEARTH |
  • Jerome C. Taylor
Jerome C. Taylor

An inmate who walked away from a work detail Monday near Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown was captured Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore, Maryland State Police said.

Jerome C. Taylor, 36, was arrested shortly after noon in the 1000 block of Madison Avenue in Baltimore, according to a state police news release.

Police said Taylor was not armed and offered no resistance when he was arrested while walking down the street.

Taylor was serving a five-year sentence for firearms violations and filing a false police report, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said Monday.

State police said Taylor walked away from a work detail at about 1:30 p.m. Monday and was picked up near the medium-security prison system by a female acquaintance, who drove him to Baltimore.

Troopers and Baltimore City police officers searched throughout the night for Taylor while they tried to develop leads, the release said. Investigators received information Tuesday that led them to the 1000 block of Madison Avenue.

Officials at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, a Division of Correctional Services K-9 unit and a Division of Correctional Services Special Operations Group helped search for Taylor shortly after he escaped Monday.

Taylor’s flight was considered a walkoff and not an escape, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokeswoman Erin Julius said Tuesday in an email.

“Walkoffs generally have less than one year left on sentence, are minimum security, and are used all over the state,” Julius wrote. “In these instances, we utilize the media and community alert system.”

As a result, the prisons’ alarm system was not activated.

“The alarm was not sounded,” Julius wrote. “It is not used for walkoffs from road crews, work crews or for work-release inmates that are outside the fence/in the community. The alarm is used only for escapes from behind the fence.”

Julius said inmates who work on outside details must be classified to minimum or prerelease status, be within five years of an anticipated release date, have no escape or walkoff on his or her record in the last 10 years, and do not have to register as a sex offender upon release.

State police said criminal charges against Taylor are pending, and investigators are working with prosecutors to determine whether charges will be brought against the woman who drove Taylor to Baltimore.

In addition to Maryland Correctional Training Center, the prisons south of Hagerstown include Roxbury Correctional Institution and Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown.

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