Inmate charged with escaping federal prison 3 times

An inmate at the federal prison camp in Atlanta has been indicted for escaping and then re-entering on three separate occasions in 2016, prosecutors said.

Jaye L. Thomas, 36, of Dalton, escaped from the facility for minimum-security inmates March 22, April 4 and Sept. 25, U.S. Attorney John Horn said in a news release. The prison camp is part of the U.S. penitentiary.

Surveillance photos allegedly showed Thomas in a wooded area outside prison property, according to the release. Investigators eventually obtained evidence and eyewitness testimony to support the escape charges.

NEW: Join the discussion at the AJC's Crime & Safety Facebook group 

“The federal indictment of federal inmate Thomas once again clearly reflects that those inmates walking away or otherwise leaving the grounds of United States Penitentiary Atlanta property will be dealt with as escapees,” said David J. LeValley, agent in charge of the FBI’s Atlanta office.

MORE: Inmates leave Atlanta prison camp, buy contraband, sneak back in

MORE: At federal prison camp, drugs, booze and Mexican takeout

MORE: Inmate, fiancee broke prisoners out of Atlanta pen

“The potential harm to the public as well as the breakdown of order that these individuals can cause these corrections facilities when they re-enter with contraband items that have included alcohol and cell/smart phones is significant and should not and will not be tolerated.”

Thomas was convicted in January 2015 of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, according to the release. Under his current sentence, he is scheduled to be released Dec. 28, 2022.

He was indicted on the escape charges Aug. 1.

Know what’s really going on with crime and public safety in your metro Atlanta community, including breaking news, trial coverage, trends and the latest on unsolved cases. Sign up for the AJC’s crime and safety newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox.

In other news:


Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Recommended for you

Most read

  1. 1 Teen charged in Cherokee Countycrash that killed 3: ‘I wasn’t texting’
  2. 2 Morgan Freeman accused of inappropriate behavior: report
  3. 3 Atlanta City Hall: Reed bodyguards used cards for mayor's expenses

More from AJC