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Local Prison Keeps Losing Prisoners

By Wyatt Earp | August 28, 2010

Apparently, the Delaware County prison is not big on “security.” Good to know.

The privately run George W. Hill Correctional Facility has been struggling this summer with what you might call a prisoner-retention problem. Delaware County authorities discovered this month that two inmates had been mistakenly released from the prison due to clerical errors. Neither has been heard from since.

It’s the fifth time that this has happened in recent months, according to a county official.

Now, the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force is searching for David Wilson, 19, of Chester, who was convicted in July of a firearms offense, but was released from the prison Aug. 4, two weeks before he was to be sentenced. Federal authorities also are looking for Ateia Polk, 32, of Philadelphia, who is on the lam after the prison released her last month prior to her trial on robbery, assault and related offenses. Polk is accused of stealing jewelry from an Upper Darby beauty parlor and threatening to stab the owner with a hairpin.

If you live near the prison, you may want to watch your back. Just sayin’.

Topics: The Job, WTF? | 16 Comments »

16 Responses to “Local Prison Keeps Losing Prisoners”

  1. G-Veg Says:
    August 28th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I worked at a summer camp at the bottom of the hill on which the Delco prison sits. Listening to a kid talk about trips that he had taken with his father, I asked where his father lived and the kid pointed to the prison.

    Ain’t Chester just the BEST place to raise a kid, EVER?

  2. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    August 28th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    How do you lose a prisoner with hair that looks like strawberry vanilla soft serve? Makes me peckish for Dairy Queen.

  3. BadIdeaGuy Says:
    August 28th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I’ll send you the picture if I can find it but there’s also a weave that’s red white and blue like a “rocket pop” from the ice cream man.

    Our local paper down here in DE (don’t worry, we don’t claim to be from Philly!) has a problem with putting race in suspect descriptions. If they gave her description and said a “redhead” we’d all be wondering if it was a ginger!

  4. Crusty Says:
    August 28th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Could you give us a a phonetic pronunciation of the name Ateia. Is it a hard “A” as in Ate – ya? or is it a soft A as in Atilla? Seems like we lost an “H” as well as her. Ah!!!!! never mind I am still working on Colondra

  5. RT Says:
    August 28th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I wonder if you spin her like those troll pencils if her hair sticks straight up.

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 28th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    G-Veg – Absolutely! My sons and I went to a Philadelphia Union game a few weeks ago. Gorgeous stadium, but you had to drive through some of “the hood” to get there.

    Mrs. Crankipants – I figured the mustache would make her easy to find.

    BIG – The Philly papers sometimes do that, too. Just like the MSM has a problem identifying terrorists as “Muslim.”

    Crusty – I was thinking the same thing. Haven’t a clue on how to pronounce that, but it’s another reason why some people should not be able to name their children.

    RT – Probably, but who wants to get that close to her?

  7. Crusty Says:
    August 28th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Colondra and Ateia are two reasons some people should not have children. Scary part their vote counts

  8. AJ Lynch Says:
    August 28th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I’d want to lose her too!

  9. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 28th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Crusty – And cancels out ours.

    AJ – To some place far away like New Zealand.

  10. Fenway_Nation Says:
    August 28th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Why do you hate kiwis, Wyatt?

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 28th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Fenway – Sorry, they should send her to Iran.

  12. bob (either orr) Says:
    August 28th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    How about Antarctica?

  13. fozzy Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 2:22 am

    They’ll eventually get caught again, but can they be charged with escaping when it wasn’t their fault, they were told to leave the prison?

  14. Wyatt Earp Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Bob – And make the penguins suffer? No thanks.

    Fozzy – They’ll try to add that charge, but it probably won’t stick.

  15. Ingineer66 Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Hmmm, the jail in the county I grew up had that problem for a while. It seemed like the back door didn’t lock or something and low and behold they got a fancy new jail and all the escapes stopped.

  16. Ingineer66 Says:
    August 29th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    On the naming kids thing, I have a good friend that worked Labor and Delivery for many years and sometimes she would hint at the parents if they made a dumb decision. She would say something like “oh well most people spell that name this way”.