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KDOC to post absconders on Facebook

by Todd Fertig last modified Oct 08, 2013 10:55 AM
The Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) is enhancing its focus on the safe apprehension of parole absconders through the debut of a new weekly feature on the agency’s Facebook page.

Parole absconders are offenders who have released from prison with a prescribed time for which they must maintain a level of supervised contact with their parole officer, and have failed to do so. A warrant is then issued for their arrest.

Each Monday, the KDOC will feature a current parole absconder, stressing details about the offender and asking for the public’s assistance in finding and apprehending the parolee.

“Over the past three years, we’ve brought the number of active absconders from over 400 down to about 170, which is a big improvement. However, we’d like to get that number even lower,” said Jeremy Barclay, KDOC Communications Director. “The agency’s effective use of social media and growing list of social media followers allows us a new outlet to use in our pursuit of these offenders.”

“The EAI unit does a good job of managing and tracking around 6,000 parolees every day, which requires careful prioritization,” said John Smith, Director of the KDOC’s Enforcement, Apprehension, and Investigation (EAI) unit. “The majority of our absconders are from within the past 18 months so we feel that the trail is fresh enough for the public to have tips and knowledge that can be provided to us, and aid in the apprehension of these offenders.”

Inmate photoThe first absconder to be featured is Harlan L Hurst (#63292), a burglar from Kansas City, Kansas who absconded in May 2012. His profile can be found on both the agency’s Kansas Department of Corrections Facebook ( and KASPER ( websites.

Please contact the KDOC’s EAI unit at 316.613.7222 if you have any information about the whereabouts of this or any parole absconder.

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