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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Press Release
November 4, 2011
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Contact: Gretl Plessinger
Communications Director
(850) 488-0420

Two Work Release Center Escapees Return to Centers, are in Custody of Local Law Enforcement

Two inmates who didn’t return to their work release centers after work early this morning and were listed as escapees have both returned to their work release centers. They will be charged with escape and returned to prison, and will not be eligible for work release in the future.

Shawn E. Washington did not return to the West Palm Beach Work Release Center from his outside work site early this morning, and was deemed an escape. He returned to the center this morning at 8:30 am, and was taken into custody by local law enforcement.  Washington was serving a Lee county conviction of three years, one month and six days for grand theft and burglary. He was scheduled to be released on February 8, 2012.

Justin Moutinho was discovered missing from the Tarpon Springs Work Release Center at about 1 am this morning.  He turned himself back in to the work release center early this morning. He is currently in the custody of the Tarpon Springs Police Department. Moutinho was serving a year and a half for burglary of an unoccupied structure and petit theft out of Lake county.  He had slightly more than a month left to serve, and was scheduled for release on December 7, 2011.

Inmates on work release are community custody (the least restrictive custody level), have 14 months or less left to serve on their sentences, are not sex offenders, and have no escape history.  They work in the community at paid employment during the day, and return to the work release centers at night. Some of their pay goes toward subsistence, victim restitution and court costs and fines.

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