DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Police are searching for two female prisoners who escaped during outdoor community service on Tuesday.
Amber Gipson and Kirsten Blair are in the Montgomery County Secure Transitional Offender Program (S.T.O.P), an initiative that helps men and women violating their probation get back on track.
The women were at St. Paul Methodist Church on Fourth St. when they walked away and got into a Lincoln Town Car.
Officials say when S.T.O.P inmates are out doing community service, security is unarmed.
“They are not going to physically restrain them from running,” said Jim Yerkin, Deputy Court Administrator.
He says the county contracts out a third-party security company for the S.T.O.P program.
Gipson was in the program for a receiving stolen property charge. This is the fifth time she’s had a warrant out for her arrest. In 2012, she was convicted for involuntary manslaughter after police found her 6-month-old son dead in a laundry basket.
The program is meant for minor offenders. 2 NEWS asked Yerkin why Gipson was allowed in with her criminal history. He said she served her time for the involuntary manslaughter was considered and entered into S.T.O.P based mainly on her latest charge of receiving stolen property.
Blair has a criminal history involving drugs. Both will not be allowed back into the program and now face escape charges.
The program was created in 2002. The facility houses both men and women offenders and used to have open doors. In March, Yerkin says the facility decided to add fencing because of an increase in prisoners escaping.
Both women have not been caught. If you have any information, call Dayton Police.