Felony charge considered for escapee

The Department of Corrections is considering whether to recommend a felony charge be filed against a work release participant who failed to report back to the Correctional Alternative Placement Services facility in Craig earlier this week.

Tim Hand, assistant director of operations for the DOC, said Friday that Shawn Savage, a convicted burglar sentenced out of Adams County, had been in the CAPS program since September. He was on work release in Steamboat Springs and said he missed his bus back to Craig.

"Ultimately, he turned himself in," Hand said.

Hand said the DOC would consider the circumstances -- Savage reportedly said the weather caused him to miss the bus -- when deciding whether to recommend additional charges.

"Does his excuse match the story?" Hand said. "We'll take into consideration all the issues with that before we make a decision."

He said the DOC could choose to recommend a felony filing or handle it administratively.

Savage, Hand said, is in custody at Moffat County Jail.

Savage was one of two CAPS clients who failed to report back to the program, which provides transitional housing for inmates on work release, on Dec. 19.

The other suspect was not assigned to the program through the DOC, Hand said, and CAPS officials said they could not comment on the second escapee's name or offense.

The CAPS participant has been taken into custody, said William Palatucci, senior vice president and general counsel of Community Education Centers, a Roseland, N.J. company that manages the CAPS program.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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