Mass. prison officials search for escaped minimum security inmate

Reidy is not classified as a violent offender

Robert P. Reidy, age 24, of Nashua, NH, is a pretrial inmate who faces drug possession charges. (Image Courtesy: Essex County Sheriff’s Department)

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Prison officials in Massachusetts are searching for an inmate that walked away from a minimum security prison.

Essex County Sheriff Frank G. Cousins Jr. said Tuesday that Robert Reidy walked away from the minimum security Lawrence Correctional Alternative Center sometime Tuesday.

The 24-year-old Nashua, New Hampshire, resident is a pretrial inmate facing drug possession charges. He’s not classified as a violent offender, but officials are urging the public not to approach him.

The Lawrence Correctional Alternative Center is designed to help low-level offenders with drug and alcohol addictions become productive members of society when released from prison.

It offers rehabilitation and educational services, work release programs and community service programs.

If anyone has any information on the inmate’s whereabouts or knows where he is, they should call 978-750-1900 x3302.

___

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.