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It's been six days, but an inmate who escaped from the Davenport work release facility has not returned and he has not been arrested. Staff working at the halfway house at 6th and Main St. say Roger Romero Clayton walked out the front door for work on Friday and didn't come back.

Less than two months into the new year and this is the second inmate escape. Officials with the 7th Judicial District tell KWQC there are several reasons for the trend.

"They have to get reacquainted with society, finding employment, getting in touch with their family members and renewing that relationship," said Randy Shafer, Residential Manager for the 7th Judicial District. Shafer said these things don't always come so easy for prisoners in transition.

"They need to get that job, earn some money, pay the rent we charge them when they're here," said Jim Wayne, Director for the 7th Judicial District. Wayne said inmates living at Davenport's work release facilities pay $18 a day for room and board. They're expected to look for work and hold a steady job.

"It's very, very hard for them to secure and find some meaningful employment," said Shafer. He said these are stresses that inmates didn't have to concern themselves with while they were behind bars.

"Don't have a lot of work experience, don't have a lot of self confidence," he said.

Shafer said old demons can become renewed temptations. Addiction to criminal behavior can prevent a work release resident from seeing things through --

"Substance abuse. They start using again and they're afraid that their usage is going to return them to the institution so they decide to leave the facility before that happens." Because they're afraid of what consequences could be awaiting them, many inmates run from the situation. But Shafer said running away only prolongs the inevitable --

"It's just a lot of running and a lot of hiding for them until they get apprehended again."

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