Residents near correctional facilities worried after recent inmate escape

Residents near correctional facilities worried after recent inmate escape

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - People who live near correctional institutions in Columbia have concerns about what is done to protect them when an inmate escapes.

This comes after Catrell Davis walked away from the Walden Correctional Institution on Broad River Road on Thursday evening. He's still on the run and is believe to be headed to Fairfield County.

This is raising a huge concern for many, especially those who live on Broad River. There are six correctional institutions on Broad River Road, including the Department of Juvenile Justice. So when an inmate escapes, people who live nearby say they want to be notified immediately.

"It would've been nice just to kinda know they're would've been an escapee out," resident Fatima Nzigiyimana said. "I had to find out on Twitter or by looking at you guys' website."

"We don't have nobody come knock on our doors," resident Latasha Moore said. "We don't have any alert system."

A spokesperson with Richland County Sheriff's Department says a reverse 911 call will be made when an inmate escapes and is believed to still be in the area. Deputies also knock on doors.

In this case, Davis was not believed to still be in the area.

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