Four prisoners escaped from a federal prison camp in Virginia
Four inmates have escaped from a federal prison camp in Hopewell, Virginia. Corey Branch, Tavares Graham, Lamonte Willis and Kareem Allen Shaw were found to be missing from the minimum security federal prison at 1:45 a.m.
Branch is serving 13 years for intent to distribute fentanyl and felon in possession of a firearm. Graham is serving a 10 year sentence for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and gun charges. Willis is serving an 18 year sentence for possessing and concealing a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Shaw is serving a 16 year sentence for conspiracy to sell heroin.
The facility held 185 prisoners, and officials have not disclosed how the four men escaped.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons has in recent years come under fire for their overly-lax conditions in similar federal prison camps, in which doors are often left unlocked and security cameras serve no function.
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Officials have stated that the inmates walked away from the prison on foot, and that the FBI and US Marshals Service have been notified. Meanwhile, an internal investigation has been started.