Work Release Questions Raised

A Council Bluffs man who seems to repeatedly thumb his nose at the system appears to have been given yet another break.

According to Iowa’s Good Time law, inmates get 1.2 days taken off their sentence for every day served. That’s one reason why Adam Wilfong, sentenced to 10 years in prison a few years ago, is getting ready to get out.

A judge sent the 29-year-old to prison for a decade as a penalty for delivering cocaine but just three years into his 10-year sentence he's already in a low-security facility in Council Bluffs.

He was on a work release program last May when he failed to return. His escape prompted a manhunt. Authorities found him months later.

His penalty for escaping was 90-days in jail and he's set for release next year.

Now, in spite of last year’s escape, Wilfong is back in the same facility, in the same work release, with the same low security.

We asked officials in the Iowa Department of Corrections about this and were told that Wilfong is living up to his end of the bargain. His behavior and conduct since going back to prison have been appropriate and he's taking substance abuse and GED programs that were asked of him.

According to the Parole Board chair, since Adam Wilfong is scheduled for release in a year, they felt it was appropriate to transition him at the Council Bluffs halfway house and be supervised rather than just kicking him out on his release date.

His supervision comes down to this: there are approximately 100 people in the residential correctional facility every day and 75 of them are men. They go work and check in when they come back. If they deviate from their route, they're supposed to let someone know.

Adam Wilfong has only been in the facility for eight days. When all is said and done, it appears he'll serve four-and-half-years of his drug sentence.

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