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Chances Lansing prison escapees will remain free are slim

November 16, 2011

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Escapes from Kansas Department of Corrections custody since 2005.

Escapes from Kansas Department of Corrections custody since 2005.

Matthew Glen Allender

Matthew Glen Allender

Chad Duane Amack

Chad Duane Amack

The odds of remaining free for long are against two Kansas inmates who escaped from the Lansing Correctional Facility Tuesday evening.

Chad Duane Amack, 22, and Matthew Glen Allender, 28, were reported missing from a minimum security unit at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The two are the fourth Kansas inmates to escape this year, and the 99th and 100th since 2005. But only one of those escapees — Jose Ibanez, who walked away from a work release program at the El Dorado Correctional Facility in 2007 — hasn’t been caught.

Another inmate, Ronny Dale Peters, also escaped from Lansing on Sept. 14 and was caught two days later.

“That seems to be the pattern,” said Jan Lunsford, Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman, of the short length of freedom for many inmates — such as Peters — who escape.

Amack, serving a 23-month sentence for theft and burglary, was eligible for parole in March, and Allender, serving a 23-month sentence for two theft convictions, was eligible for parole in May. Add that to the poor odds of eluding capture and the increased prison time an escape can earn the two, and the incident seems puzzling to Lunsford.

“I’m amazed at these two in particular,” Lunsford said. “Who knows what motivates (them)?”

Both Amack and Allender could face aggravated escape from custody charges, which is a level 8 nonperson felony in Kansas and could add about two years to their sentences.

Two Kansas escapees have eluded investigators and remained free for decades.

The state’s longest running escaped Kansas inmate is Priscilla Ann Frey, who escaped on Christmas Eve in 1974 from a women’s unit that used to be at the Lansing Correctional Facility.

The other is Randy Schmidt, who escaped with another inmate while working on the property at the state fairgrounds in Hutchinson on July 18, 1980. Schmidt, serving a sentence for rape and sodomy, drove a state dump truck off the property. Schmidt’s escape partner was later arrested in Oklahoma, where he told investigators he split up with Schmidt.

Lunsford on Wednesday morning said he had no new information about Amack or Allender’s escape. Amack and Allender are considered armed and dangerous.

Amack is a white male, 5-feet-9, 175 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair.

Allender is a white male, 5-feet-8, 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information pertaining to their whereabouts should call 911 or the Lansing Correctional Facility at 913-727-3235.

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 1 month ago

"Amack,,, was eligible for parole in March, and Allender,,, was eligible for parole in May. Add that to the poor odds of eluding capture and the increased prison time an escape can earn the two, and the incident seems puzzling to Lunsford. “I’m amazed at these two in particular,” Lunsford said. “Who knows what motivates (them).”:


I admit, I am more well read than many people on a lot of subjects. But I am mildly surprised that I am more informed than Jan Lunsford, who is a Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman, is on the matter of prison escapees.

An inmate's likelihood of an escape attempt is much greater shortly before it is time to be released from prison. There has been some writing about that psychological phenomenon, and it has to do with the fact that when the date of release is far in the future, it's just not on an inmate's mind, he is just resigned to the fact that he is going to be here for a very long time.

But when it gets down to a few months or weeks, it becomes unbearable. So close, and yet so far! At that point time is perceived to be passing much, much more slowly. So now, a day today seems like what at least a week seemed to be only a year ago.

Each passing day makes the situation all the more unbearable. Finally, only a short time before it is time to be released, many inmates simply can't take the pressure any more, and make a run for it.

I would suggest to Ms. Jan Lunsford that she read 'One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich', by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, for further insight into that phenomenon so that incidents such as this won't seem so puzzling to her, and then she would more clearly understand why “That seems to be the pattern.”

cinnamontwist 3 years, 1 month ago

I believe Jan Lunsford is a man, well read............

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 1 month ago

Oh, sorry. I've never met a man that went by Jan, but many women that did. That's the bane of an androgynous name!

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 1 month ago

Now that I've thought about it, since there are so many androgynous names in use these days, as well as some people that seem to simply be that way, we need a new prefix to use when the sex of a person cannot be determined.

Similar to the the way Ms. became to be commonly used, in lieu of using either Miss or Mrs.

Stuart Sweeney 3 years, 1 month ago

You do not wind up in the pen by using your brains. These two clowns are more proof of that!

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