Despite what movies and television depict , most prison escapes do not involve sirens, barking dogs, or huge searchlights. The majority of escapees are considered "escapees" because they do not return from furloughs, they leave a community service center and never return, or simply walk away from a prison work detail.
Here are some of the men and women charged with crimes who are considered escapees in the state of Tennessee. NEVER attempt to apprehend or take the law into your own hands.
If you have information, please email the Tennessee Department of Corrections or contact:
Tennessee Department of Correction
Internal Affairs (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) (615) 741-7144
or Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) 1-800-824-3463 (1-800-TBI-FIND)
Tennessee Department of Correction Director of Internal Affairs, 320 6th Avenue North, 6th Floor, Rachel Jackson Building, Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0465
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Linda A. Long
Date of Birth: 1/06/1942.
Height: 5' 06"
Weight:. 120 lbs.
Hair: Blonde or Strawberry. Long
escaped August 24, 1964 from Tennessee Prison for Women. She was serving a 6 year sentence for Forgery - Checks.
Date of Birth: 8/04/1943.
Height: 6' 01"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Alias Billy Carter. He escaped July 16, 1965 from the Fort Pillow Prison and Farm, Henning, Tennessee by jumping from a truck.
Barbara Sue Sloan
Date of Birth: 12/18/1946 . Height: 5' 07" Weight: 145 lbs. Eyes: Brown. Hair: Brown . Escaped: September 2, 1979 from Nashville Community Service Center/TPW, Nashville, Tennessee. Offense/Sentence: Passing Forged Checks/ 3 Years.
He was serving 10 years fro Rape. Date of Birth: 3/29/1955.
Height: 5' 05"
Weight:. 159 lbs.
He escaped: December 12, 1983 from Turney Center Industrial Prison and Farm, Only, Tennessee.
Robert Houston Sanders
He was serving 81years for Aggravated Kidnapping, Robbery-Armed with Deadly Weapon, Burglary 2nd Degree, Aggravated Assault, Burglary 3rd Degree, Attempt to Commit Felony-Burglary, Petit Larceny. Date of Birth: 1/12/1964 . Height: 5' 11" Weight: 150 lbs. Alias/Nickname: Willie Hunter, Willie Sanders.Escaped: April 20, 1990 from the TN. State Penitentiary, Nashville.
Vanessa Denise Smith
Date of Birth: 4/02/1955.
Height: 6' 01"
Weight: 255 lbs.
She escaped October 11, 1980 from Memphis Community Service Center, Memphis, Tennessee.
Offense/Sentence: Arson - Setting a Fire/ 1 Year
Date of Birth: 3/25/1928.
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Alias/Nickname: Harold Brown, Harold Charles Carr, Harold Cope.
Escaped: September 24, 1990 from the Knoxville Community Service Center.
Offense/Sentence: Burglary 2nd Degree, Burglary Tools - Possession, Stolen Property Received (Over $100)/ 14 Years