Work center walkaway arrested at his mother's home

A man who walked away from Jackson County's work-release center last month has been found and is heading back to prison to serve out the rest of his sentence.

Scott Bradley Wold, 37, was found at his mother's house on Poplar Drive Thursday night and arrested by Medford police, Oregon Department of Corrections officials said.

He is currently held in the Jackson County Jail and will be transported back to the Columbia River Correctional Institution. His projected release date is still being determined, state officials said.

Wold checked out of the Talent work-release center at 9:15 a.m. Nov. 20 and did not report back for his 10 p.m. curfew. Police then deemed him a walkaway and issued a warrant for his arrest. Wold had been sentenced in March 2011 for delivering ecstasy near St. Mary's and Orchard Hill Elementary schools, manufacturing marijuana and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Wold was part of a 90-day transitional leave program, mandated by the state, after completing a six-month alternative incarceration program in prison. Inmates who complete required classes, work and group therapy in the alternative program then are sent back to the county where they were convicted for an additional transitional stage. Those who violate the transitional leave guidelines are sent back to prison to serve out the duration of their sentence, officials explained.

— Ryan Pfeil

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