Another CAPS resident escapes |

Another CAPS resident escapes

CAPS officials reported that a resident escaped Tuesday morning, making a total of three escapes in less than two months for the Craig community corrections facility.

A nationwide warrant is out for Steven Skaggs, 22, said CAPS Director Cindy Talkington. CAPS is an acronym for Correctional Alternative Placement Services.

Skaggs reportedly failed to show up Tuesday morning at his job with a plumbing company in Steamboat Springs.

Skaggs was serving a four-year community corrections sentence for aggravated motor vehicle theft and theft charges out of Grand County, Talkington said. He was admitted to the facility Aug. 20, 2004.

Skaggs is not considered dangerous, Talkington said.

Skagg’s escape marks the third in less than two months for a facility that traditionally boosts a solid track record with relatively few escapes, CAPS officials have said.

Talkington said determining how to curb residents from es-ca-ping the facility is difficult. Residents are admitted to the correctional facility in lieu of serving prison time. CAPS officials said they are choosy about who they admit to the facility, such as mostly nondangerous criminals. Residents are allowed to work in the community, but have strict requirements for reporting back to the facility outside of work hours. They also undergo frequent drug and alcohol screenings. There are no guards.

The facility has 39 residents but can house 45.

“Today, I was trying to think of what we could do different (to prevent escapes) other than sending one person out with each resident every day to check on them regularly,” Talkington said.

Skaggs reportedly had a girlfriend in Craig. He soon would have been reviewed for extended privileges because of good behavior, Talkington said.

Law enforcement still has a warrant out for Michael Holton, 22, who escaped from the facility Feb. 25. He faced a six-year CAPS sentence that started Sept. 13.

Shane Stockton, 21, escaped from the facility Feb. 3 but soon was captured by officers from the Craig Police Department. Stockton may face an additional two years in prison on top of his previous sentence. Stockton was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in CAPS, but now may have to spend that time behind bars.

Talkington said CAPS staff regularly informs residents about the consequences of escaping the facility. If caught and convicted, it can add an extra felony charge to an existing sentence.

It also can mean that a criminal’s existing CAPS sentence is spent in prison.

“That will probably be a topic at the meeting tonight,” Talkington said of CAPS weekly Wednesday night meeting. “We’ll talk about how the decision to run is not beneficial.”

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or

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