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Inmate Walks Away at Wasco State Prison

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WASCO - On March 2, 2013, at approximately 8:30 a.m., officials at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC) discovered that a state prison inmate identified as Howard Devlin walked away from the minimum support facility.

Howard Devlin, 42, was received at WSP-RC from Riverside County on July 13, 2012, for the commitment offense possession of a controlled substance, where he received a 4-year sentence.

He is described as a white male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds, medium build, with brown hair, brown eyes, and a moustache and goatee.

Prison officials have contacted local law enforcement agencies and are currently looking for the escapee.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call 911 immediately.

WSP-RC's primary mission is to provide short-term housing necessary to process, classify, and evaluate new inmates physically and mentally, and determine their security level, program requirements and appropriate institutional placement.  WSP-RC was opened February 1991, houses approximately 5,000 inmates and employs approximately 1,700 people.