Police seize inmate who walked off

THE BALTIMORE SUN

An inmate who walked away from a Baltimore County Detention Center work detail on Monday was found by police and returned to the jail a day later, county officials said yesterday.

Detention center administrators did not notify the public about the walk-off sooner because they did not see it as a public safety issue, said Ellen Kobler, a county spokeswoman.

The inmate, Jessica McGuire, 22, was serving a one-year sentence for drug possession at the county's Women's Detention Center. She was working on the grounds of the Bosley Avenue jail without any direct supervision when she escaped, Kobler said.

Corinne Becker, who serves on the Riderwood Hills Community Association and on the newly created Detention Center Citizens Advisory Committee, said yesterday she wished neighbors had been called as a "courtesy."

"I think the community needs to be the judge of whether there's a public safety issue," she said.

The advisory committee, which has met with jail administrators twice since it was formed in March, is still working on establishing which Towson communities should be notified about security breaches and under what circumstances. For example, it's unclear whether residents want to be called at 3 a.m., Becker said.

McGuire, who was returned to the jail by the county fugitive squad, was being held yesterday under maximum security, county officials said.

Her escape is the second security breach at a county jail this year. The inmate who walked away from a work detail during the record snowstorm in February was found two weeks later by police in New York.

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