The inmate who escaped the custody of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office last Thursday while on work release at the county’s landfill was captured Tuesday afternoon.
Steven Randolph Hall, 32, had been in jail for less than a month after being indicted by a Blount County grand jury for two felony burglary charges and two felony charges of theft of property, along with two misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief, according to BCSO Chief Deputy Brian Whitt.
Whitt said, normally the sheriff’s office would be working with the U.S. Marshals Service to track down the missing inmate, but the marshals are on furlough due to the partial shutdown of the federal government.
He said Sheriff Mark Moon formed the department’s own task force to do the job. An investigative lead received Tuesday morning led authorities to locate Hall in Fultondale.
Hall was taken into custody by deputies from the BCSO with the assistance of Fultondale and Birmingham police departments.
Moon said earlier that he is implementing new procedures and stricter vetting for the work release program in order to reduce the likelihood of this type of event happening again. The circumstances that led to Hall’s escape are still under investigation.