Webster work release inmate walks off job in Arcadia

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A Webster Parish inmate on work release in Arcadia has been arrested for walking off the job.

Harvey Major reportedly walked away from House of Raeford Farms, a Bienville Parish chicken plant early last week.

Minden Police aided Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputies in re-arresting Major, 48, for simple escape. He was found on Marion Street in Minden.

“It took a day, but we found him in some apartments in Minden,” said Sheriff Jason Parker.

Major was arrested around 9 p.m.

“He must have had someone waiting on him with a vehicle,” said Minden Police Chief Jared McIver. “It’s the only way he could’ve gotten back to Minden so quickly.”

Parker said there are around 75 or 80 inmates in the program and 80 to 90 percent of those will benefit from it.

“This one – Major – only had a couple of weeks left on his sentence, but after this, he won’t ever have another chance,” Parker said. “In fact, he will be shipped out; he won’t go back to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.”

“We try to give the prisoners who meet the criteria the chance to work a job and possibly have a job when they get out prison,” he said.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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