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Department of Corrections Explains Community Custody

Posted: Updated: - Police are on the lookout for a man on the loose because he escaped from community custody. The term community custody is used frequently, but some people may not know what it means.

The Department of Corrects says when Devonn Deshea Kinsey stops reporting to his community custody check-ins, the Department of Corrections no longer has tabs on where a previously violent offender like him is. Immediately a warrant from the DOC is issued and local authorities step in to find him. It's much like parole except these offenders aren't getting out of jail or prison early.

Police were at Columbia Park Apartments Monday night after they heard Kinsey was spotted. So on Tuesday, NBC Right Now wanted to know exactly what purpose community custody serves. The DOC also calls it community supervision.

"The goal of community supervision is to help that offender succeed once they finish their time in prison or jail. That can be connecting them to resources, their employment, try to help them find housing options and also hold them accountable if they violate their terms of their supervision," said Joel Fort, Washington Department of Corrections.

When kinsey is found by police he will most likely serve no more than 30 days in jail before being released.

DOC also says in the state of Washington they can't send an offender back to prison if they haven't committed a new crime.