An inmate in the Cook County Department of Corrections' minimum-security bootcamp program was apprehended Sunday -- about six hours after his escape, and will likely face additional jail time as a result of the stunt.
A spokesman for the Cook County Sheriff's Office said the move was surprising, because Jamall Allen, 20, a nonviolent offender serving time for a residential burglary in September, was facing a short stay, according to CBS Chicago.
"It's kind of perplexing that this individual...would try something like this, because he was due to be released in 72 days as part of our boot camp," sheriff's office spokesman Frank Bilecki told CBS.
The county's boot camp program provides non-violent offenders with military-style disciplinary training, along with educational programs on topics like anger management, substance abuse treatment, and job-readiness training, the Chicago Tribune reports. Allen would have been free to work or attend school upon his release, provided he check in with jail officials daily.
Police believe Allen scaled a barbed wire fence on the property around 11 a.m., the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Around two dozen sheriff's officials pursued him on foot and in vehicles until he was discovered around 5 p.m. A spokesperson for the sheriff's office would not release the exact location but said Allen was discovered within five miles of the facility.
Charges related to the escape are pending. Bilecki told the Sun-Times it's likely a judge will extend Allen's sentence as a result.