Wednesday, June 15, 2011

INMATE ESCAPE AT NORTH KERN STATE PRISON

An inmate housed at North Kern State Prison has been reported missing.

Staff discovered inmate Ricky Lynn Wallis missing from the Minimum Support Facility portion of the prison at 9:15 p.m. on June 14, 2011. Prison staff implemented escape procedures at 9:30 p.m.

Wallis is a 52 year old white male, 5’11” tall and weighing 150 pounds. Wallis has an average build with hazel eyes, a moustache,¬ and short grey/blond hair. Wallis may have recently shaved his hair. Wallis was committed from Tulare County and was serving a 3 year term for the purchase of a stolen vehicle. Wallis arrived at North Kern State Prison on July 22, 2010, and was housed within the Minimum Support Facility portion of the prison in a 200-man dormitory. Wallis was due to parole November 2011.

North Kern State Prison staff are working closely with local law enforcement agencies on the matter.

North Kern State Prison is located in Delano, California, opened in April 1993 and has a population of approximately 5,300 inmates. The prison has a Reception Center, a General Population Medium Custody Facility, and a Minimum Support Facility. The Reception Center processes incoming inmates from various county jails and determines the inmate's custody classification and prison placement.

Requests for further information should be directed to Lieutenant Patrice Davis, Public Information Officer, North Kern State Prison, at (661) 721-2345 extension 5006 or (661) 203-2283.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Contact Person: Patrice Davis
Telephone: (661) 721-2345 ext. 5006