Inmate back in custody after Big Island escape

Joshua Kalili
Joshua Kalili

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - An inmate who escaped from a Big Island work-release program is back in police custody.

The state Department of Public Safety says 20-year-old Joshua Kalili was captured by police Tuesday night in Kona. He is charged with second-degree escape and is in a police cellblock awaiting arraignment.

Authorities say he walked away from the Hale Nani facility on Sunday. He was the second inmate to do so in less than a week. Police are still searching for Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar, who is not considered dangerous.

A public safety spokeswoman says Hale Nani in Panaewa is the lowest level of custody. It's where inmates transition to be released in the community.

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