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FOUND: Offender walks away from Challenge Incarceration Program at Willow River

Richard James O'Reilly1 / 2
Richard James O'Reilly2 / 2

Last night, at approximately 8:30 offender Richard James O'Reilly walked away from the Department of Corrections' (DOC) Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP) at Willow River. Law enforcement and the DOC Office of Special Investigations are aggressively searching for him. O'Reilly is 5'9'', 180 pounds, white with blue eyes and blond hair and last seen with a shaved head. See attached picture.

O'Reilly was incarcerated for counterfeiting/fraud. Citizens should not attempt to confront O'Reilly and should call 911 if he is spotted. If citizens have information related to O'Reilly's whereabouts, they should call the DOC Fugitive Hotline at (651) 603-0026.

The CIP is for non-violent offenders, and consists of three phases. Phase 1 is a highly-structured and intensive boot camp. Components include chemical dependency treatment; education; cognitive skills; restorative justice; physical training; military bearing, drill, and ceremony; work crew; and transition preparation. O'Reilly has been in CIP Phase 1 since November 2013.

Phases 2 and 3 are intensive, close supervision in the community. Following successful completion of all three phases, offenders are placed on supervised release for the remainder of their sentence. Failure to complete CIP phases 2 or 3 may result in a return to prison, extending an offender's period of incarceration.

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