State May Change Policy that Allows Work Release Inmates to Drive Unsupervised

AUGUST 23, 2006 - Posted at 3:48 p.m. CDT

TUCKER, AR - Arkansas' prison director is considering changing a policy that allows unsupervised inmates to drive other inmates to work-release jobs.  Director Larry Norris says he's considering the change after two inmates used state vans to escape last month.

Clifton Sanders, 24, and 41-year-old Tab Delancy escaped July 9 by driving off in state vans instead of picking up other prisoners at the Affiliated Foods warehouse near the intersection of Interstates 430 and 30 in central Arkansas.

Sanders had been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his father; Delancy had been convicted of burglary and theft.  Both were a little more than a year from becoming eligible for parole.  Almost two weeks after their escape, they were found in Florida.

In another incident, an Arkansas inmate who was driving a state van was involved in a wreck July 20.

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