inmate walks away from 'Halfway Out' program
By Shauna Smith
April 7, 2006 | LOGAN -- A Cache County inmate escaped
from jail after spending only a week and a half on the
Dallas Dirrick, 25, was participating in the Halfway
Out and Back program. He originally served time in the
Utah State Prison in Draper.
Logan being his home town, Dirrick was sent to the
Cache County Jail to participate in the program.
The Halfway Out program is used as a transition to
normal life for inmates, so they don't go straight from
prison to "the streets," said deputy and work release
coordinator Joseph Pierson.
The program enabled Dirrick to be released for 4 hours
a day to search for a job. Once he found a job he would
be released from jail on parole
and be able to live wherever he wanted. His first
day on the job hunt, he never returned and has been
missing for 6 days.
Dirrick has a previous history of trying to escape
from Adult Parole and
Probation officers, and Pierson said although it's
not common for inmates to escape while on work release,
Dirrick's disappearance was no surprise.
"The vast majority of people that go on this program
do fairly well," Pierson said. "Twenty-five to 40 leave
and come back every day."
The AP & P are currently searching for Dirrick using
a network of people, like family and friends in the
area. Instead of just being let out on parole, Dirrick
will now face two new felony charges, said Pierson.
One could be from zero to 5 years in jail and the other
could be from one to 15 years in prison.