GREAT FALLS — Joseph Thomas Brown has been reported as an escapee from the Great Falls Pre-Release Center.
The GFPRC said that Brown provided a BA which was positive, and left the facility without authorization at about 1:53 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17th. He was last seen wearing a black overcoat, white sweatshirt, and blue jeans, and had a black backpack with red trim on the sides.
According to the Montana Department of Corrections, Brown has felony convictions in Missoula County for robbery, and in Ravalli County for bail jumping.
If anyone sees Brown or has information about his location, you’re asked to call the Great Falls Police Department at 406-727-7688 or the GFPRC at 406-727-0944.
The GFPRC is located at 1019 15th Street North. The facility is a operated by a private non-profit group contracted by the Montana Department of Corrections and the federal Bureau of Prisons.
They typically house about 200 men and women at a time and all of those residents are required to hold full-time jobs in the community. Along with work, residents must fulfill any legal obligations such as fines or substance abuse treatment. Most only stay at the center for about six months before they are allowed to return to life in the community.
The center offers a six-month program that helps criminal offenders make a smooth transition back into the community; residents are within 24 months of parole or one year of their discharge date.