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Burns reported as walkaway/escapee from the Great Falls Pre-Release Center

She failed to report to work or return to the center
Posted at 5:21 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 12:27:51-04

Jessie Louise Burns has been reported as a walkaway/escapee from the Great Falls Pre-Release Center.

On Tuesday at 2:45 p.m., Burns left the center for work wearing black leggings, a grey sweatshirt, black and white tennis shoes, and a black coat, and was carrying a blue backpack. She failed to report to work or return to the center.

According to the Montana Department of Corrections, Burns has convictions in Yellowstone County for criminal child endangerment, escape, bail jumping, and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

If anyone sees Burns or has information about her 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 240 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.