Hope House Inmate Placed On Escape Status

By Lee Hermiston, The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A Hope House resident has been placed on escape status.

According to the Department of Corrections, 37-year-old Michael M. Wright was listed as an escapee on Thursday after he didn’t return to the residential facility from his job. The Hope House, located in Coralville, is a Department of Corrections-run facility that transitions inmates back into society. Residents can get jobs and there are no fences to physically restrict their movements.

Wright was serving a 10 year prison sentence out of Johnson County for two counts of domestic abuse — third or subsequent offense and two counts of violating a domestic protective order. His sentence began on July 27, 2010 and he was transferred to the Hope House on June 16, 2014.

Wright is a black man with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5’7” and weighs 140 pounds. He has no physical identifiers, such as scars or tattoos, according to the Department of Corrections.

Anyone with information on Wright’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Coralville Police Department or the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department.

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