Another inmate escapes from Keeton Corrections halfway house in Paducah

UPDATE: William Jones was found and taken to the Graves County Jail.

PADUCAH, Ky. — Keeton Corrections and city leaders are dealing with another inmate escape. It happened Friday night around 9 p.m. Kentucky State Police say 43 year-old William P. Jones was last seen running across the street from his work detail at Starfish Orphan’s Ministries on Broadway, getting into an unknown car and taking off into an unknown direction. As of Saturday evening, KSP was still searching for Jones.

The future of the halfway house and safety of neighbors across our region are both in question.

Neighbors in the area surrounding the Keeton Corrections halfway house are concerned for their safety after hearing about police searching for an inmate on the loose—again.

People who live in this neighborhood did not want to go on camera with us but some say escapes from the halfway house are turning into the new norm.

City Commissioner Richard Abraham says he wonders when action will be taken to remove the halfway house from the neighborhood altogether.

“Every time we talk about Keeton Correctional, what are we talking about? We’re talking about this neighborhood. Totally bad image. So I don’t really see how this neighborhood can reach its full potential when we have a revolving door of felons coming and going,” Abraham said.

The last inmate to escape from Keeton Corrections was Charles Richards on August 12th. Because of that, the Paducah City Commission passed an emergency ordinance on August 28th. 35 days later, William P. Jones—another inmate from Keeton—ran away from his work detail.

“I think it just kind of documents what Commissioner Abraham has been saying. This is a growing problem. We realize it’s not a new incident—not a new challenge for the community but it seems to be growing worse so we want to step in and make sure that we step in and do all we can for our residents to ensure their safety,” City Manager Jim Arndt said.

Abraham doesn’t know when the facility will go but says it needs to happen soon.

“We have to manage it until it’s gone. And I do not want to manage that facility. But until something is different, it’s here, man. And we have to deal with it and the folks in the neighborhood have to deal with it and we will…” Abraham said.

Ardnt says they have received copies of the contracts Keeton has with the state and they are analyzing those contracts.

Kentucky Corrections Commissioner Jim Erwin is expected to meet with local officials Monday morning to discuss the issues surrounding Keeton corrections.

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