Updated: 07/15/2014 6:31 PM
Created: 07/15/2014 4:37 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
"If anything is going to work, it's going to be believing people can change in what we call community connections," NERCC Superintendent Kathy Trihey said.
That's the mentality behind the Northeast Regional Corrections Center. Three offenders walked away from the facility last week and one is still at large.
Trihey said they think they left during recreation time. Corrections staff members supervise, but there were about 90 offenders for them to watch.
"These three men had a plan to take off," Trihey said. "They can just walk away."
The men at NERCC are described as non-violent criminals. Most of them are serving for probation violations, drug and alcohol crimes, criminal sexual conduct or burglary.
The facility is an old farm in Saginaw about seven miles from Highway 53. This makes it difficult for offenders to get far.
Trihey said last year six offenders walked away from NERCC. She said some years more offenders leave and sometimes no one leaves. If an offender does walk away, they go back into custody.
"They end up back in the jail," Trihey said. "Generally speaking, we do not take them back."
Trihey said almost 85 percent of NERCC offenders don't commit another felony crime within three years. That compares to 63 percent in statewide prisons.
NERCC said they notified the Saint Louis County Sheriff's Office immediately after the escape, but they did not alert the public.
The Sheriff's Office said they sometimes send a press release on NERCC offenders who leave, but did not initially in this case.
UMD's NRRI Minerals Lab: Testing Technology for the Future
The scientists at UMD's NRRI Mineral Lab in Coleraine are working with technology called WHIMS, to see if they can use ore that now is considered waste rock by the mines.
Minn. Deer Harvest Down 22 Percent
Minnesota hunters have registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of the firearms deer season, a drop of 31,000 from the same period a year ago.
Self-Professed Pine Co. Minister Now on Most Wanted list
The U.S. Marshals Service has added a self-professed minister accused of sexually abusing young girls in rural Minnesota to its 15 Most Wanted Fugitives list.
Citizens Voice Concerns Over Policing in Open Forum
Duluth community members voiced their concerns Tuesday night with local police at a Citizen Review Board forum, as the Duluth Police Department strives to maintain a good relationship with the community. Events in Ferguson, Missouri have brought into focus issues of excessive police force and profiling across the country
Peaceful Ferguson Protests in the Northland
While chaos ensued in Ferguson, Missouri Tuesday, peaceful protestors in the Northland were asking for change both in Ferguson and closer to home.