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McNeil Island prisoner escapes, found on ferry dock

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Dec. 30, 2008 at 11:15 am with No Comments »
December 30, 2008 11:15 am

The state Department of Corrections is investigating how an inmate at McNeil Island Corrections Center was able to escape briefly Monday.

Donald A. Dravis Jr., 43, was found on a ferry docked at McNeil Island on Monday night and was taken into custody without incident, agency spokesman Chad Lewis reported today. The ferry was later able to leave the dock.

Dravis was handcuffed and returned to the prison for a medical evaluation and detainment. He’s in segregation, Lewis said.

Officials were reviewing how Dravis was able to get out of the secure prison. He was out for a matter of minutes.

“Prison officials are conducting a review to determine how Dravis made it to the dock, which is a few hundred yards from the main prison entrance,” Lewis reported in a press release.

Inmate movement was suspended inside the prison after the escape to see if anyone else had gotten out. All other inmates were accounted for.

Dravis is serving time on convictions for first-degree and second-degree child molestation. His prison sentence is up in June 2012, though (before Monday’s incident) he could get out as early as July 2011, depending on the amount of good time he’s earned, Lewis said.

Dravis could face additional penalties if he’s found guilty of trying to escape.

“If he is found guilty by a DOC hearings officer of attempting to escape, some or all ‘good time’ he has earned could be taken away,” Lewis said.

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