Prisoner Daniel Malin, who was in a work-release program with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, Texarkana Unit, never showed up for work late Saturday night at his job with a local construction company. So when his boss notified the prison that Malin hadn’t shown up, escape alarms went off at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Malin, however, is now back in custody, said Public Information Officer Shea Wilson.

“In the Work Release Program, inmates are housed in correctional facilities and they hold paid jobs in the community. From the wages they earn, the inmates partially reimburse the state for their care and custody,” she said.

Inmates work a variety of shifts, days and nights, but Malin will no longer be able to participate in the work release program.

“He is now at the Varner SuperMax. He will not be returning to the work release program because he didn’t follow the rules for participation and is now considered an escape risk,” Wilson said.

The Varner Unit is a high-security state prison of the Arkansas Department of Correction in Varner, Ark. It is located 28 miles south of Pine Bluff, Ark. The prison can house over 1,600 prisoners, and it includes a 468-bed SuperMax (Super Maximum Security) facility.

The rules for participating in the work release program are lengthy. Work release programs allow a prisoner who is sufficiently trusted to leave confinement to continue either working at his current place of employment, returning to prison when his shift is complete, or finding a job that will accept him for employment.

“Work Release inmates must be Class I-A, and no more than 42 months from their release or parole eligibility date,” Wilson explained. “Because of their crimes, many inmates are ineligible for the program.”

Essentially, the prisoner must have a nonviolent past – no sex offenders or murderers are obviously allowed to participate in the program. And, the prisoner must have displayed good behavior while in prison and be eligible for minimum security status.

Inmates participating in the work release program shall not:

  • Leave the State of Arkansas for any purpose or under any circumstances.
  • Leave the county to which he was assigned without the written consent of the Warden/Center Supervisor of the facility where the inmate is assigned.
  • Possess or consume alcoholic beverages or drugs not specifically prescribed for him by a licensed physician.
  • Visit any place of business where alcoholic beverages are the major item sold or consumed, except under supervision as part of the overall program (example:  ball game, wrestling match, or sports activity).
  • Violate any Federal, State, County or Municipal laws.
  • Operate any motor vehicle without written consent of the Warden/Center Supervisor of the facility to which the inmate is assigned.  In such a case, the inmate must be properly licensed and liability insurance documented before consideration and approval is given.

Malin, 41, was most recently charged with the manufacturing, distribution, and possession of a controlled substance.