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Inmate escapes from facility at Folsom State Prison in Northern California

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Posted at 12:26 PM, Dec 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-26 15:28:59-05

(KGTV) - California authorities are searching for a prison inmate who escaped from a minimum-support facility at Folsom State Prison.

State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials said 27-year-old Justin Franks, considered a minimum-security inmate, escaped from the Northern California prison on Dec. 22.

According to CDCR officials, Franks was discovered missing during inmate count at around 9 p.m. A search of the surrounding areas was launched, and local authorities were notified of Franks’ disappearance.

Franks is white with a light complexion, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 143 pounds and has brown eyes and short black hair. He was last seen at 7 p.m. on Dec. 22 with a light-blue shirt and blue pants with the words “CDCR Prisoner” on them.

Franks "was received by CDCR from San Bernardino County in July 2018 with a three-year, four-month sentence for first-degree burglary. He was scheduled to be released in June 2019.”

Anyone with information on Franks is urged to contact Agent Lewis Leflore in the Special Services Unit in Sacramento at (916) 631-0175. Anyone who sees Franks should immediately contact law enforcement or call 911.

CDCR officials said: “California’s second-oldest prison, FSP houses approximately 2,800 medium-security general population Level II and Level III inmates. Additionally, Folsom houses minimum-security level I male inmates within a minimum-security facility located just outside of the main security perimeter.”

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp or community-based program without permission have been apprehended, CDCR officials said.