Inmates walk away from Hawaii minimum security corrections

Inmates walk away from Hawaii minimum security corrections

HONOLULU (AP) - A 22-year-old inmate who walked away from a Hawaii Island "reintegration center" is the latest of more than 20 inmates who have escaped from low-security corrections facilities this year.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Lyndal Gilliland was last seen during a 6 p.m. head count at the Panaewa facility of the Hawaii Community Correctional Center.

Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz says Gilliland was not around for a 10 p.m. headcount.

The dorm-style facility is for inmates transitioning from prison to life in the community.

Gilliland was serving time for two drug convictions. He was due to leave prison in December.

The high number of escapes prompted state lawmakers to schedule an information hearing for May 19 about the work furlough program.

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