Last week came word that everyone’s favorite daring duo, Mark Conley and Joseph “The Second Hand Bandit” Banks, who escaped from MCC Chicago in mid-December by repelling down 15 stories using a bed sheet rope, had been transferred to FCC Terre Haute. While BOP spokesperson Ed Ross would not comment on whether the Bureau had concern that the pair might again abscond from the Metropolitan Correction Center, he did tell the Chicago Sun-Timesthat “It’s not uncommon for an inmate to be transferred from one institution to another.” Respectfully, that assertion is not accurate as it concerns inmates like Conley and Banks, both of whom are reportedly still awaiting sentencing. MCC Chicagois a pre-trial holding facility, which, while having a small minimum-security work cadre unit, does not typically house sentenced prisoners. Terre Haute, on the other hand, is a standard complex for sentenced prisoners (i.e., not pre-trial detainees), and which happens to be home to one of the BOP’s two Communication Management Units. In short, contrary to what the BOP asserts, the move is unusual.
While Conley and Banks appear headed for greyer pastures, according to WPDE in Myrtle Beach (SC), an inmate at FPC Bennettsvileleft out for greener ones. The station reports that last Thursday at 10:45 am, guards at the South Carolina prison camp realized that 45-year-old Noah Hilton had gone missing. Inasmuch as the BOP’s Inmate Locator does not show Hilton as in custody, it seems he has yet to be found.