Police searching for Bolduc escapee

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 24, 2009, at 7:36 p.m.

WARREN, Maine — Authorities continued to search Tuesday afternoon for the prisoner who escaped last weekend from the minimum-security Bolduc Correctional Facility.

It was the second such escape this month.

Clifford Perkins, 26, who is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 140 pounds and sports a scorpion tattoo on his left shoulder, last was seen at 9 p.m. Saturday. He was serving time for burglary and eluding an officer and was due for release in 2011, said Denise Lord, associate commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections.

Although Perkins has a long rap sheet, including charges of car burglary, criminal mischief and reckless conduct, he is not a violent offender, she said.

“Prisoners have to earn their place at Bolduc,” Lord said.

Prison officials are working closely with Maine State Police and local law enforcement agencies and also have sent notices of the escape around the country.

“We have a warrant out,” she said.

There are no fences at the facility, although inmates’ movements are supervised. With more than 2,000 prisoners in 10 years, “only 11” have escaped, Lord said.

“I think that overall, that’s a very low escape rate,” she said.

Two of those 11 occurred earlier this month, when two men were on the loose for six days before their capture in Rhode Island.

Escapes often occur in clusters, Lord said, citing a similar situation that occurred in 2006.

“Whenever you have an issue like this, it’s wise to look at your practice,” she said.

Some of the precautions now being taken by Bolduc authorities include screening inmates more carefully, looking again at the inmates there now to see if “we might want to reconsider,” Lord said, and examining the level of supervision that is available.

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