PALESTINE, Ill. (KSDK) - An escaped inmate who simply walked away from a minimum-security prison last week is back in police custody.
The inmate, Jared Carter, was cutting grass outside the walls at the minimum-security Robinson Correctional Center when he walked away on the morning of Friday, August 30. He'd been in prison on numerous convictions for burglaries in Bond and Madison Counties. Previous offenses included passing bad checks and forgery.
Following a tip, police in Palestine, Illinois confronted and apprehended Carter on Tuesday afternoon as he walked down a street. When asked to produce identification, Carter said, "I'm the one you're looking for," and surrendered without incident.
Palestine is seven miles away from the Robinson Correctional Center. Carter was taken into custody and taken to Crawford County jail and later back to Robinson for a medical examination and treatment of minor injuries he suffered prior to his recapture.
Despite rumors to the contrary, police say Carter was not involved in car theft or other occurrences during his time on the run.
The Illinois Department of Corrections routinely sends out 2,000 to 3,000 inmates each day on assignment from work camps or prison work crews. These crews are supervised by staff, and according to a news release, there have not been any incidents for years.
Carter lived in Troy, Illinois before his convictions.