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The Alabama Department of Corrections is looking for an inmate it says left his assigned job location in Athens.

Posted: Apr 1, 2019 2:16 PM
Updated: Apr 1, 2019 10:50 PM

The Alabama Department of Corrections is looking for an inmate it says left his assigned job location in Athens.

Jeffrey Ryan Davis, 47, left his job at 12:55 p.m. on Monday, according to the department. He is 6 feet tall, 220 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Jeffrey Ryan Davis

The Limestone County Sheriff's Office and Athens Police Department are helping with the search.

Stephen Young, Limestone County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, said Davis left his job at Cast Products Inc. on Hwy. 127 in Athens. That's the same business where inmate Joseph Lee Davis escaped in February before he was recaptured.

If you see the inmate or have information that may lead to his/her recapture, please contact ADOC at 800-831-8825.

He was sentenced on Oct. 30, 2017 on a theft of property charge from Franklin County. Court documents also show he was serving over 12 years in jail on burglary charges.

Shirley Wilson lives right next to Cast Products Incorporated on HWY 127. That is where Jeffrey Davis escaped from.

This is the second work release inmate escape from the business in less than two months. Back in February, Joseph Davis walked away from his job but was caught shortly afterwards.

"Do you feel safe?" asked WAAY 31 Reporter Kody Fisher.

"No, no, not at all," said Wilson.

Now, she takes precautions, "We keep our doors locked constantly," said Wilson.

Cast Products Incorporated told WAAY 31 they are working with law enforcement to catch Davis, but they would not comment about how he escaped.

Given recent escapes, Wilson wants to see changes, "They absolutely need some guard with them back there," said Wilson.

Cast Products Incorporated would not comment about the type of security they have at their business to keep work release inmates there. They also would not comment about whether they will reevaluate their security in the wake of these two recent escapes.

"That's an inmate. He was in there for a reason," said Wilson.

The Alabama Department of Corrections did not return multiple calls and emails Monday night. WAAY 31 wants to ask them for statistics of how many work release inmates escape and if they plan on improving security at businesses where these inmates work.

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