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ODOC searching for minimum-security walkaway from JBCC in McAlester

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Kenneth Laws walkwayMCALESTER, Okla. – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is looking for an inmate who walked away early Wednesday morning from a minimum-security prison for men, Jackie Brannon Correctional Center. 

Staff discovered Kenneth A. Laws, 39, missing around 3:15 a.m. when the inmate did not show up for work at the prison’s kitchen. 

Laws is serving a five-year sentence out of Atoka County for eluding a police officer. 

He also walked away on Oct. 5 from a halfway house, Oklahoma City Transitional Center, and was recaptured by the U.S. Marshal Service 12 days later in Newton, Texas. Once he returned to Oklahoma, he was transferred to the higher security facility, JBCC. 

He has a pending escape charge from his October walkaway and will likely face additional charges from Wednesday’s walkaway. Once he is captured, he will also be moved to higher security.

Laws is described as white, 6-feet 1-inches tall, weighing about 210 pounds, with black hair and blue eyes. He also goes by the alias of “Robert E. Laws.”

The public should not approach Laws or attempt to apprehend him.

Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 405-425-2698 or email All calls and emails are confidential.

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