More than one dozen inmates have escaped NC prisons in past 12 months

NC prison escapees

RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) - The inmate who escaped from a North Carolina prison in Anson County over the weekend joins the list of more than a dozen inmates who have broken free in the past twelve months.

Prison officials say Kristopher McNeil escaped from the minimum facility at Brown Creek Correctional Institution early Saturday morning. He was captured around 11:00 p.m. on Sunday night walking along a road near the border of Davidson County and Forsyth County.

McNeil was serving a 14-year sentence for second degree murder. His release date was listed as April 2018 on the North Carolina Department of Public Safety's offender database prior to his capture on Sunday night.

Records provided by NCDPS show Mcneil is the 14th inmate to escape from a state prison since June 2014.

Broken out by year, 13 total inmates escaped in the entire 2014 calendar year and five have escaped in 2015.

A spokeswoman for NCDPS told On Your Side Investigates that all of the escaped inmates were re-captured.

"The risk to the public and the re-capture of that inmate is our first response," NC State Prison Director George Solomon said. "It's all about recovering that inmate back safely and securely without any risk to the general public."

Records provided by the state show inmate escapes are on the decline year-over-year.

  • 2010: 16 Inmates Escaped
  • 2011: 14 Inmates Escaped
  • 2012: 13 Inmates Escaped
  • 2013: 10 Inmates Escaped
  • 2014: 13 Inmates Escaped
  • 2015 (through 6/29): Inmates Escaped

The ways in which prison officials say the inmates escapes vary. McNeil, who escaped over the weekend, escaped by jumping a fence. Christopher Church, who escaped for six days in December 2014, ran off from a work details. Inmates Jacob Pilkington and Frankie Noles ran off for six days and 57 days respectively. They broke out of a minimum-security facility together.

McNeil escaped with the help of a female guard who worked at the Brown Creek facility, officials allege.

Kendra Miller is charged with having sex with an inmate, aiding and abetting, harboring an escapee and passing an electronic device to an inmate. She is in the Anson County Jail on a $500,000 bond, records show.

A NCDPS spokeswoman said Miller was a kitchen officer and may have worked with McNeil, who was also assigned to work in the kitchen as an inmate.

Solomon, the state prison director, said he has no tolerance for staff members who fraternize with or help inmates escape.

"We have zero tolerance for that," Solomon said. "Our policy is very well established. Our staff is very well trained in our tolerance for that, which is zero tolerance.

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