May 25, 2018
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New Gloucester man faces escape charge after allegedly failing to return to jail following work

Cumberland County Jail | BDN
Cumberland County Jail | BDN
Jamie Irish
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A man scheduled to be released from the Cumberland County Jail on April 25 could be facing more time there after police charged him with escape on Thursday.

Jamie Irish, 35, of New Gloucester, who is serving a sixth-month sentence for domestic violence assault, failed to return from work-release duty in Freeport, according to Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Irish was supposed to return to the jail’s Community Corrections Center at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday upon his work duties ending for the day, Gagnon said. A co-worker who gives him daily rides dropped him off at the Portland library, the chief deputy said.

The jail’s Community Corrections Center provides inmates with 90 days or less remaining on their sentences the opportunity to have jobs within Cumberland County, Gagnon said.

Corrections staff began searching for Irish when it was discovered he did not return to the jail on time, and he was picked up by sheriff’s deputies on Free Street in Portland at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Gagnon said.

Irish has been returned to the jail and is awaiting a court appearance on a charge of escape, a Class C felony punishable by an extra five years behind bars.

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