Work Release Inmate Found; Facing Escape Charge

A missing work release inmate has been found a couple of counties away.

Alcola Wright was last seen Monday morning after leaving his job at a Duplin County poultry processing plant.

Police officers spotted him in downtown Elizabethtown around 6:00 p.m. and took him into custody without any problems.

Wright was serving a minimum sentence of 13 years and 25 days after being convicted as a habitual felon for breaking into vehicles, property cheating and larceny. He was due for release on Aug. 10.

Wright was returned to New Hanover Correctional Center and will face an additional charge of escape.


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State correction officials are searching for a missing work release inmate.

The Department of Correction says Alcola Wright was last seen around 7:30 to 8:00 Monday morning at the House of Raeford processing plant in Wallace.

Wright, a work release inmate, was serving a minimum sentence of 13 years and 25 days after his conviction as a habitual felon for breaking into vehicles, property cheating and larceny. He was due for release on August 10th.

Anyone who has seen Wright or has information on his whereabouts should call local law enforcement or New Hanover Correctional Center at 910-251-2666.


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  • by local Location: jville on Jul 27, 2010 at 05:22 PM
    Texas has hard time for crimmals and the bleeding hearts hate the sherriff for being so mean!...Thats right make crimmals fear prison or Carolina will be like Califorina!...Busted
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 27, 2010 at 12:07 PM
    As I have said before "we need work farms" like Angola in La.
  • by LEW Location: MOTOWN on Jul 27, 2010 at 09:11 AM
    Three hots and a cot plus cable, medical, dental, clothing, transportation, and the right to complain about everything; why would a person want to leave?
  • by Scott on Jul 27, 2010 at 09:07 AM
    He knows what he's doing. If he was going to be out August 10th, why would he make a break for it in late July. He probably wants to stay in. This is why he did this. Another for the system to carry.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2010 at 08:27 AM
    On work release he had a chance to get a good look at the outside. Guess he did not like what he saw and the only way to stay inside was to escape then walk were he knew he would be picked up and taken back.
  • by James Location: Eastern N.C. on Jul 27, 2010 at 08:09 AM
    Yes it is true you can't fix stupid. Now he does have an option of going to work. Come August the 10th he would have been 100 % responsible for himself. As it stands now all of us taxpayers will be responsible for him. Ain't life grand. I think anyone who has proven as the man has to be a habitual felon needs to be sentenced to death as he has proven again and again to only be a drain on mankind.
  • by Figures on Jul 27, 2010 at 06:42 AM
    Yeah, this makes perfect sense. He didn't want to be released so he escapes (breaking the law) and will serve more time. Living life outside of prison is hard. You have to work for a wage and there are things like bills to pay and food to shop for....insurance, child support, etc. ,,,no wonder so many guys are trying to get in there. Why do you think over-crowding is a problem? Prison is a better life than some of them ever had.
  • by OpenCarry on Jul 26, 2010 at 07:13 PM
    How about a physical description? Height, weight, age, other descriptions. A close-up face pic only goes so far when searching for a person. If the NC-DoC can't keep tabs on their own inmates, then perhaps the good citizens of NC can help them out--but we need a physical description...
  • by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2010 at 02:48 PM
    Must have gotten tired of working.
  • by DB Location: New Bern on Jul 26, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    Wow! How stupid is it to run away two weeks before your release date?
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