Inmate Back in Jail After Trying to Escape From Custody

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

July 19, 2006

An inmate at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail is back behind bars Wednesday night after trying to escape from custody.

"It never is a smart move," said Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail superintendent, Colonel Ronald Matthews.

Nonetheless, it's a move that inmate Cortez Orlando Dade tried early Wednesday.

Dade was working with Albemarle County's Parks and Recreation Department, as part of a Work Force Program for non-violent inmates. The county truck he was in stopped at the light along Elliott and Avon and that 's when the prisoner made a run for it. The inmate even shed his prison pants during the escape. About 15 minutes later, he was found outside his wife's house along South First Street.

Although there were 2 Parks and Rec supervisors watching the inmates, the attempted escape raises concerns about whether there is enough supervision for the program. However, jail officials believe there is.

"Yea. We've been successful," said Colonel Matthews. "We haven't had any issues before."

Changes may be ahead, depending.

"Anytime anything like this happens, we'll go back and we'll look at the criteria that we use. We'll look at the program itself that we have with Parks and Rec. We'll talk with the supervisor that was on duty and then we'll make a decision, a determination as to whether any changes have to be made," added Colonel Matthews.

Officials add that the Work Force Program is on hold until an investigation is complete - all because of one inmate's poor decision.

"It was an individual decision that was made by the individual that something was going on in his life that he thought it was more important than to abide by the rules that we had already set in place," said Colonel Matthews.

Dade is now facing a felony escape charge and could face additional charges as well, which most likely will add up to more jail time.

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