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Authorities are still looking for 24 year-old Tyler Lampe.

He was put on escape status Saturday night after he was missing during a routine room check at the Davenport Work Release Center. He had been convicted of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and for escaping from the facility back in 2012.

Iowa Department of Corrections officials said Tyler Lampe simply walked out an exit to this facility right behind me Saturday night, which is considered an escape. This work release program is a kind of residential facility, where inmates are allowed to leave for work or to find work.

That's why they can walk away at any time.

Officials said once he's picked up again, he'll most likely go back to prison.

"You wonder why if they escaped once, would you put them back," said 7th Judicial District director for the Iowa Department of Corrections Jim Wayne. "Well, the reality is that unless they're sentenced to prison, everyone eventually comes out."

Wayne said the work release program helps make the transition from prison to society more successful for inmates. So, even people who have escaped before like Tyler Lampe, get a second chance.

"He evidently had a reason he thought he should get out of here, I suspect he thought he thought he might be going to jail for other things," said Wayne.

Wayne said the program allows a kind of structured freedom, so inmates can get a job and be able to take care of themselves once they're out on probation or parole.

That's why the facility isn't locked down 24/7, allowing Tyler Lampe to pack up some of his belonging and walk away.

"We don't have that physical restraint that protects and prevents them from escaping because they're some cost to doing that type of thing and it doesn't make sense to spend that money when you let them out the door every morning to go to work," said Wayne.

But for most of the people who go through this program about 70-80% are successful and don't escape.

"Some people will actually be close to discharge and go out on escape," said Wayne. "But sometimes they're just trying to escape from problems, they're not really anxious to be on their own."

Wayne said they average about one inmate per month that will escape from work release. State-wide in fiscal year 2013, 227 work release inmates escaped.

"The thing that keeps them from walking away is they're aware of the consequence when they do it," said Wayne.

But for those like Tyler Lampe, that consequence isn't enough.

The Iowa DOC said there could be multiple reasons that would make someone want to escape and often it is unknown why they do, even when the average time spent at a work release is fairly short, only about 4-to-6 months.

They said relationship issues and the inability to find work are just a few reasons why some inmates flee.

If you have any information, call Davenport Police or the Scott County Sheriff's Office.

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