BREAKING: Seven inmates back in custody after escaping from Madison Parish Detention Center

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Published: Sep. 12, 2018 at 12:37 PM CDT
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Update: 9:19 pm

A spokesman with Louisiana State Police says all seven inmates are now back in custody.

Update: 4:55 pm

Reporter Gwen Ducre says the school is no longer on lockdown and students are being allowed to go home.

Update: 4:15pm

Louisiana State Police just sent us the following information.

The Louisiana State Police is assisting the Madison Parish Sheriff’s Office in locating four escapees from the Madison Parish Correctional Center. Earlier today, seven inmates escaped from the Madison Correctional Center. Three of the fugitives were quickly apprehended however four are still at large.
The remaining escapees are considered dangerous and if located should not be confronted. Anyone seeing these individuals is asked to contact the Madison Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-574-1831 or Troop F at 318-345-0000 or to dial 911. The escapees are as follows:

*Joshua Lewis (B/M 24)

5 feet 10 inches

170 pounds

*Earl Hollins (B/M 23)

5 feet 9 inches

145 pounds

*Devario R. Turner (B/M 35)

5 feet 7 inches

195 pounds

*Leedarius Rogers (B/M 24)

5 foot 9 inches

135 pounds


Update: 4:05 pm

According to reporter Dede Willis, 3 of the escaped inmates have now been caught.

Reporter Gwen Ducre, who is at the school, says the school is still on lockdown.


Update: 3:30 pm

School is still on lockdown. No one can go in or come out.

Investigators still have not provided the names and pictures of the escapees, for which we have asked.

It's unclear what charges these inmates were being held on or how they escaped. Authorities are withholding that information at this time. We will continue to work to get it for you.


Update: 2:10 pm

Authorities are now telling us that one escapee has been captured. That leaves 6 escapees still on the loose. Louisiana State Police is working on getting us those names and photos so we will have them soon.


Update: 1:54 pm

Louisiana State Police is now on the scene and setting up a command post.



Parents say they are frustrated because they cannot get to their children while the high school is on lockdown, across Interstate 20.

Madison Parish High School is several hundred feet from the jail.

The detention center is operated by


So far, no one has been able to provide us with IDs or photos of the inmates who escaped.

Richland Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police are assisting.


Authorities are searching for seven escaped inmates in Madison Parish. If you know where to find them contact the Madison Parish Sheriffs Dept at 318-574-1833 or call 911.

Madison Parish High School is on lockdown. Our reporter says this is a security lockdown with inmates having escaped nearby and has nothing to do with a specific threat toward the school.

The following information was posted to the Madison Parish 911 page on Facebook.

This is a developing story. More information will be available soon.

Be on the look out for 7 Escapees from the Madison Parish Detention Center. It is not known at this time which...

Posted by Madison Parish E911 on Wednesday, September 12, 2018