An Iowa man who escaped from jail in Missouri was caught again today in Des Moines. Polk County officials say Abdul Jabbar Jackson escaped from Midwest Security Housing in Pattonsburg, Missouri around 11:30 p.m. on May 25th.
Jackson had been sent to Missouri due to overcrowding at the Polk County Jail. He was free just less than one week as the Sheriff’s Department found him hiding in the Des Moines home of a relative, and arrested him again. Jackson was being held charges of drug possession with intent to deliver, third-degree burglary, and numerous other charges.
Jackson is now charged with escape. Chief Deputy Neil Schultz says Polk County now ships 395 of its 966 prisoners out to other states due to overcrowding. It’s the second escape recently, as two prisoners broke away while being transported to Missouri, but were later caught. Polk County is building a new jail that’s expected to be open in July of 2008.