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Inmate Returns to Prison After Walking Off

Posted June 7, 2007

— State prison officials said Thursday that an inmate who walked away from a work-release job two weeks ago has returned to the Raleigh Correctional Center for Women.

Laticia Howze, 33, who is serving a sentence for robbery, didn't return to the prison on May 25 from her work-release job at Snoopy's Hot Dogs on Hillsborough Street.

Department of Correction officials remained in close contact with Howze's mother while searching for her, and the mother returned Howze to the prison Wednesday afternoon, said George Dudley, a spokesman for the Department of Correction.

Howze faces an escape charge, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison. She and another woman were convicted in 2001 of two Asheville robberies.


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  • Ness Jun 8, 2007

    Boy, she's smart....

  • diwanicki Jun 7, 2007

    No more work release for her

  • Pirate77 Jun 7, 2007

    I know that sometimes the people who are allowed out on work release are those who are close to finishing their sentence. I worked in a county office in which a work release inmate did janitorial duties.

  • Naturesmist Jun 7, 2007

    She should have told her jailor that her tummy hurt and the food was awful like Paris Hilton. She could have be released and not worry about additional time for escaping.

  • areyou.serious Jun 7, 2007

    Does the public have a right to know where these 'work release' inmates are working? Is this public record and/or maintained in a database we can access? Also, what type of inmates (what crimes) qualify someone to participate in a work-release program?

  • WillnDurham Jun 7, 2007

    I love Snoopy's hot dogs. The food is good and I've always thought the girls working there were very nice.

  • Salty Jun 7, 2007

    its alot easier to convict someone who doesnt have millions of dollars to spend on legal defense. we cant drain our already under-budgeted justice system just b/c we want to convict a person of a higher socio-economic class. not that its right, its just how it is.

  • neptunescourt Jun 7, 2007

    You cannot compare how justice is served in other states to NC because each state has different sentencing rules. The only thing money has to do with it is how much of an attorney can you afford.

  • choppa Jun 7, 2007

    Amen mr-thundern! Race and gender has played a large roll in what forms of justice that has been handed out in this country for a long time. But money is quickly becoming the only factor of what type of justice a person will recieve from the courts today.

  • mr-thunder Jun 7, 2007

    In today's society, it's not about the crime, it's all about how much money you have!!!!