ROBINSON, Ill. (KSDK) - Police are looking for an inmate who they say walked away from a minimum-security prison while cutting grass on its grounds Friday morning.
"We are aggressively looking for this inmate and addressing his extremely serious violation," S.A. "Tony" Godinez, director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, said.
Jared Carter is in prison on numerous convictions for burglary in Bond and Madison Counties. Previous offenses included passing bad checks and forgery. Police say he is not considered a violent past offender, but that he is still considered dangerous.
Carter was outside prison walls cutting grass at the minimum-security Robinson Correctional Center when he walked away. The work crew is supervised, and he did not breach security, according to a news release.
He was last seen headed westbound from the prison. His method of transportation is unknown. He has frequented Carlyle, Keyesport, Highland and Bond County in the past.
"Every day, IDOC effectively supervises thousands of inmates in work camps and on assignments on prison grounds, at State of Illinois buildings and in communities," Carter said.
IDOC sends 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 been no incidents for years.
Robinson police, U.S. Marshalls, IDOC officers, the Crawford County Sheriff's Department and Illinois State Police are all pursuing Carter, who was last seen wearing prison-issued dark blue pants. Police say he discarded his prison-issued shift and hat, which have since been recovered near Robinson CC.
"This very rare exception is being dealt with swiftly and appropriate punishment of this violator will occur upon his inevitable capture," Godinez said.
Carter lived in Troy, Ill. before his convictions.