Fred Pace, EDITOR
March 20, 2013
RACINE Authorities say an inmate from the Charleston Work Release Center was captured in Racine after briefly escaping while out on work-release.
Donald Toler was arrested and taken back to jail, according to troopers at the Madison detachment in Danville.
Troopers at the Whitesville detachment of the West Virginia State Police say Toler was captured in Racine sometime Tuesday night, March 19, 2013.
Toler also had six felony warrants against him for possession of pseudoephedrine.
Toler was listed on the Charleston Work Release Center's website as an absconder, or a fugitive trying to avoid arrest.
Troopers could not comment on his connection to the center or the nature of the warrants at this time.
Toler is currently being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail.
Recent studies have shown that many inmates on work release just walk away from their work assignment. Some states have even closed and shut down their work release programs due to the large number of escapes.
The study showed no exact reason for the trend, but did say that for some, the freedom of work release is just too much to handle.
In June 2011, two inmates just walked away from their job assignments from the Huntington Work Release Program.
"It's really not escape. It's more of a walk away. They walk off and they don't return back," administrator Renae Stubblefield said after the incident in 2011.
She said during the interview with a local television station that she finds these situations extremely unusual.
"Statistics have proven community corrections are a benefit. It's a benefit to the inmate themselves, their families, who they are connected to," Stubblefield said.
Huntington's Work Release Program houses on average over 50 men and 10 women.
Most inmates come from a larger, more secure facility.
"It's kind of hard to determine why someone would want to escape at this level, Stubblefield said.
Whether it is a family problem or adjusting back into the community, officials say it's a bad move to leave.
"When you get a situation like this where you have not only one, but two just kind of walk off and not return back to the program, it's mind boggling," Stubblefield said.
So what could have been a gateway to success for Toler turned into a trip back to jail.