Escaped prisoners still at large

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 09, 2009, at 8:36 p.m.

WARREN, Maine — The two inmates who escaped Saturday night from the Bolduc Correctional Facility remained on the lam Monday evening, according to a Maine Department of Corrections official.

“We don’t believe they’re armed,” said Associate Commissioner Denise Lord. “They are on escape status. You never know how someone’s going to act when they’re under that kind of stress.”

Fogg, who has a tattoo reading “WHITE TRASH” on his neck, was born in Lincoln. He has convictions in both Penobscot and Cumberland counties, Lord said. Shaw is from the Portland area.

Prison officials are working with local law enforcement and the Maine State Police in the search for the two men, Lord said, who likely were wearing prison-issue jeans and blue denim shirts at the time of their escape.

Fogg is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing approximately 165 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Shaw is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing approximately 155 pounds with blue eyes and blond or strawberry-blond hair cut very short. Shaw has a tattoo of a cross on his left hand and one of a skull on his chest.

Although the men were not sentenced for violent crimes, Lord said, the department is taking their escape “very seriously.”

“In large part, that’s because we don’t want escapes, at all,” she said.

The Bolduc facility, colloquially known as the state’s “prison farm,” is a minimum-security facility that houses up to 150 inmates.

“It’s an old work farm. There’s no fences and no [guard] towers; it’s kind of like going to camp,” said state Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Cumberland, co-chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

“People have to earn their way there at the end of their sentence,” Gerzofsky said. “It reintroduces them to society. There’s a lot of freedom.”

The two men who escaped will be returned to the much stricter Maine State Prison when they are caught and will have more time tacked onto their sentences, he said. Both were due to be released in 2013.

“Now they’re escaped prisoners,” Gerzofsky said. “They’ve really, really hurt themselves.”

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