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Inmate declared escapee
Woman with ankle bracelet
fled in Morgan, official says

By Sheryl Marsh 340-2437

The acting director of Morgan County Community Corrections declared an inmate, who was on home monitoring, an escapee after she missed two meetings for supervision and drug testing.

David Sloan, a case manager who is temporarily in charge of the program, said Monday that Terry Vivier violated program requirements.

But Vivier is now in the county jail.

"As far as I'm concerned she's gone, she's escaped," Sloan said after Vivier missed the meetings. "She did OK for the short time that she was in the program. It's bad that someone gets a break and then messes up like this."

Vivier started the program Sept. 24, Sloan said. She went for drug testing and counseling twice each week. She did not show up for a meeting Oct. 5.

"The last time she was here was on Oct. 3," he said.

Sloan said he placed a call for Christopher Putnam, owner of Alabama Home Detention, which provides inmate monitoring, and an employee said at first that they had not found Vivier.

"He wasn't in but Tony, who works there, said the last time they saw her was Oct. 5. I don't know if that was on monitoring or what," Sloan said.

That changed later Monday when Putnam found Vivier and took her to the county jail.

"Once she violates the program, we can take action against that violation immediately," Putnam explained. "That can be in the form of a fine or a return to jail, which will remove her from the program. The contract (with the inmate) gives us the right to arrest them. It's the same concept as the bondsman."

Putnam said the monitoring system tracked Vivier between two locations that are listed in her court file. He found her at a trailer park on Alabama 20.

He said she was initially on a 9 p.m. curfew but he extended it to 2 a.m. for employment. Putnam said he knew she had violated at 2 a.m. Friday.

The monitor notified that she was not at home and then 15 minutes later they began to receive bleak signals that indicated a shorted battery, Putnam said.

"We were told she went to get something to eat and never came back."

Records in Vivier's file show that a circuit judge revoked her probation and sentenced her to community corrections in September.

The probation revocation was on a 2005 forgery conviction for which she received two years. She received credit for 217 days served in jail.

The judge suspended the sentence and placed her on probation. AHD provides around the clock monitoring for community corrections. The fee is a minimum of $112 per week for a certain level of supervision. Vivier was on the ankle bracelet monitoring which entails 24 hours, seven days a week surveillance, and that falls under that price range.

Sloan said he plans to ask Circuit Judge Sherrie Paler to remove Vivier from the program.

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