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It's his second escape in two years. Now a convicted felon is at large once again.

Corrections staffers said Tyler Lampe was put on escape status last night after an unexcused absence from the Davenport Work Release Center.

7th District director of the Iowa Department of Corrections Jim Wayne said Lampe can be seen on security cameras leaving through an exit in the facility on Saturday night.

Iowa Department of Corrections officials said it was better to put Tyler Lampe back into the work release program, even though he'd already made a run for it once before.

It was his second chance for a smooth transition back into society. Around 9:30 PM last night during routine room checks, Lampe was no where to be found.

"They found that a lot of his property was packed in a bag and then they also discovered some of his property was gone and must have left it," said assistant director of the Iowa Dept. of Corrections Fred Scaletta. "So we're not exactly sure what time."

Lampe had been convicted of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, which landed him in prison in the first place. Then after escaping from work release for the first time in 2012, he racked up a sentence of 15 years.

Lampe was just put into work release again in January.

"It's a transition process," said Scaletta. "We do a lot of things in the prison system to prepare people for release."

Scaletta said even though Lampe had escaped from work release once already, sending him back to prison then putting him back in the same program with structure and supervision was better than just releasing him on probation or parole.

"It's because sometime they're higher risk, it's much better for public wise or public safety wise to put them in a transition program as opposed to wait until they finish their sentence and open up the door and let them out," said Scaletta.

He said most people on average are only in the work release program for about 4-6 months before they get out and are put on parole or probation.

But it's not uncommon for people to make it a run for it while they're in work release. So why do they do it?

"It could be possibly lack of finding a job that could potentially send them back to prison," said Scaletta. "It could be they have problems family. Possibly they got fired from a job or employment and didn't want to tell anybody."

He said the Iowa Department of Corrections success rate for transitioning former prisoners into society is much better than the national average. Only 30% of their inmates will find their way back into prison.

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