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Authorities search for Folsom Prison escapee

By: Telegraph staff
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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are looking for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the minimum support facility at Folsom State Prison (FSP) on Saturday, December 22.

Inmate Justin Franks, 27, was discovered missing during a routine inmate count conducted at 9 p.m. on Saturday, according to Jack Huey, Lieutenant and Public Information Officer for Folsom State Prison, who notified area media shortly after midnight Sunday. 

Upon the discovery, on duty staff at Folsom State Prison immediately began searching the immediate areas. Authorities from the Folsom Police Department, CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety and other area law enforcement were also notified to be on lookout.

According to the report, Franks is a white male of light complexion. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 143 pounds. He has brown eyes and short black hair. He was last seen at 7:00 p.m.  Prior to his disappearance, Franks was wearing light blue shirt and blue pants with “CDCR Prisoner” on them. It is likely Franks changed clothing once he departed. 

Franks was received by CDCR from San Bernardino County in July of 2018 and was serving a three-year, four month sentence for first degree burglary. He was scheduled to be released in June 2019.

Anyone who sees Franks is advised to contact local law enforcement immediately or call 911. Anyone who may have information on his whereabouts or other relevant information is asked to call the office of the Folsom State Prison Watch Commander at (916) 985-2561, extension 3019.