Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Jailbreak in Central NJ

The closest buildings to my 9-year old's school are part of a farm run by the NJ Department of Corrections, and staffed by inmates. It's also about a mile from my house. What could possibly go wrong?

State prisoner escapes from Somerset work farm
Jennifer Golson/The Star-Ledger
Tuesday January 06, 2009, 2:50 PM

A manhunt is underway today in Somerset County for an inmate who walked away from the Skillman Farm in Montgomery Township where minimum custody inmates work tending dairy cows, authorities said. Marc Harris, 22, who could have been eligible for parole in May, was last seen at about 9:40 a.m., said Matthew Schuman, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections.

Schools in the area, including nearby Montgomery High School, were secured this morning during the search, but were dismissed normally this afternoon, said Gail Palumbo, the district's crisis management coordinator. "We have over 50 police officers from various (agencies) that have been combing the township, as well as serving pickup and drop off of students," Palumbo said, adding that police officials made the decision to dismiss schools.

He is described as a black male, about 5-feet, 6 inches tall and 200 pounds. Harris was sentenced in August to three years in prison on a drug distribution charge in Atlantic County, according to state Department of Corrections records. He was required to serve a minimum of six months and would have been eligible for parole in May. Harris also goes by the name Sencere Hand, according to DOC records.

Probably nothing to worry about if he's also known as "Sencere Hand". My tax dollars are certainly at work today.

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