Rapid City inmate placed on escape status taken back into custody

Barry Offet. Photo from the S.D. Department of Corrections

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The second of three inmates that were placed on escape status last week has been arrested.

Barry Offet, 28, failed to return to the Rapid City Community Work Center after his work release shift on July 2.

He was found in Rapid City on Tuesday and taken back into custody. He is currently in the Pennington County Jail.

Three Rapid City inmates disappeared in a span of less than 48 hours last week, all of them failing to return from their work release shifts. One of them, 36-year-old Scott Reiners, was found Friday, two days after he escaped.

The third, Nicholas Skorka, 36, remains at large.

Failure to return following an assignment constitutes second-degree escape, a Class 5 felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Work release programs are typically implemented for inmates nearing the end of their sentences as a way of rehabilitating them to reenter society after prison. Often, they are within months of being released.


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