Prison guards, Sheriff’s deputies looking for escaped prisoner

James Earl Jenkins, 18, of Albany Road, Bainbridge, GA
James Earl Jenkins, 18, of Albany Road, Bainbridge, GA
James Earl Jenkins, 18, of Albany Road, Bainbridge, GA

Decatur County Prison guards, Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies and others are looking for a inmate who ran off from a work detail on Monday, Feb. 2.

Law enforcement is looking for James Earl Jenkins, 18, of Albany Road in Bainbridge.

Jenkins is a black male, 5’2″ tall and weighs 131 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Jenkins was serving time for a probation violation, according to the Decatur County Prison. He was sentenced to 10 years probation on a burglary conviction. He was ordered to repay $400 to the victims and perform 500 hours of community service.

Jenkins’ probation was revoked on December 16, 2014, according to court records.

He was awaiting a court date after being charged by Bainbridge Public Safety in connection with a November 2014 robbery. (See Related Story: Three arrested after man reports being robbed Monday afternoon)

Jenkins was on a work detail on Black Jack Road, just northeast of Bainbridge, when he ran off into the woods, Decatur County Prison Warden Elijah McCoy said.

“At this time, we do not believe he is armed,” Warden McCoy said.

A Georgia State Patrol helicopter is in the area helping search for the escaped inmate. There are also search dogs from the Apalachee Correctional Institute in Sneads, Fla., being employed, according to the warden.

Anyone who comes upon Jenkins or sees anything suspicious in the northeastern area of Bainbridge is asked to call 911.

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