MDOC: 2 inmates escape Parchman State Penitentiary

Left to Right: Sanders, Young (Photo: MDOC)

UPDATE 9/19/2017 5:47 p.m. – The reward for information about the whereabouts of two Parchman escapees has now risen to $10,000, according to Mississippi Department of Corrections officials.

“In partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement, we are exhausting all search efforts to find these inmates,” Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall said Tuesday. “We have had no confirmed sightings. However, we are working around the clock in various ways.”

If you know where Sanders or Young are or have information about them, call the MDOC at 662-745-6611, ext. 4200, or Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477) or 1-866-481-8477.

Tips also can be received at online at

UPDATE 9/19/2017 11:50 a.m. – Crimestoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for anyone with information that leads to the capture of the two escapees.

(WJTV) — Mississippi Department of Corrections said two inmates escaped the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

Authorities said 41-year-old James Sanders and 22-year-old  Ryan Young should be considered armed and dangerous.

Law enforcement discovered them missing during a routine count. MDOC officials said they believe the two prisoners escaped Unit 30 late Sunday night or early Monday morning.

Sanders is serving a life sentence for a murder charge. He was sentenced July  2000 in Lafayette County. Sanders is a white man who has blue eyes and is about 5’9. He weighs about 170 pounds.

Young is serving 40 years for burglary of a vehicle, burglary of a residence, grand larceny, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon in Claiborne County. He is a black man who has brown eyes and weighs about 193 pounds. He is about 5’9 also.

Anyone who sees the two men, please contact your local authority immediately or MDOC at 662-745-6611, ext. 4200.

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