Two Women Escape from York Correctional Institution

Police are searching for the women, who were housed in the low-security area of the prison, and have asked that the public contact local police if either are spotted.


The following information was provided by the state Department of Correction:

A full scale search is underway for two female inmates who escaped from the York Correctional Institution in Niantic on Saturday night.

Correctional staff noticed that the pair was not accounted for as a group of inmates who live at Davis Hall were returning from the gymnasium, at approximately 8:15 pm. The facility was placed in lock down and an emergency count was ordered, which identified the two missing offenders.

They are:

Melissa Riley, 30, of Willimantic. She last entered the system on July 18, 2011, on a controlling charge of possession of narcotics, with a sentence of three years and three months to serve.

Jessica Rivera, 34, of Waterbury. She was last returned to the system on July 12, 2011 with a controlling charge of conspiracy, and a total sentence of four years to serve. According to the Hartford Courant, Rivera has escaped previously.

The escape is considered a walk away as these offenders were housed on the minimum-security side of the facility, which is not totally secured by a fence.

Emergency notification to local and state officials and members of the public was made late Saturday night via the State’s CT Alert system.

Anyone with information about the inmates is asked to notify state or local police.

Richard Poulton January 06, 2013 at 03:00 PM
They will go behind the fence this time.
Ex Republican January 06, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Put a prior escapee in a low security prison from which they can walk away. Sounds about right for CT. After all, we did elect Dumb and Dumber.
Tere January 07, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Correction officers don't do there job any person in prison for that long and with history to escape shouldn't be in low security, they can't even babysit inmates what a shame..


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