CHARLESTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Charleston Correctional Facility sits only a few yards away from the nearest residential home. As two inmates escaped earlier this week, the nearby residents took qucik action to spread the word.
Terri Hall of the Charleston Board of Selectmen said the community has a plan, "If there is an escape the call list is called. The Board of Selectmen and then strategic neighbors. The older people that have the propensity to never lock a door or take the keys out of their vechicles."
Aside from the calling tree, Hall said it was a normal day in town.
The Correctional Center has about one-hundred and fifty-five inmates, and according to the Department of Corrections there are only ten guards to patrol the area.
Inmates are free to wander around the grounds, there are no bars obn the windows or fence around the perimeter. The residents, however, do not live in fear or concern, but appreciate the extra help the inmates give the community.
"They are doing there time. They go out, they work and they give back to the community. It's not a hinderance having them here, " said Hall.
Fred Maddox lives just up the road from the facility and feels safe in the community. He said, "There's people that could break into this house or do us harm that are not incarcerated that I trust less than the ones that are."
Overall, many residents voiced little to no concern in the location of the correctional facility. Each had the same opinion, if an inmate did escape the last thing they would do is stick around Charleston.