A 27-year-old federal prison inmate has been indicted for escaping from prison and returning with contraband including home-cooked food, tobacco, booze and drugs, announced U.S. Attorney Alan R. Jackson Feb. 8.

Joshua Randall Hansen was charged in the two-count indictment with escape from a federal facility and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.  The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on Feb. 7, 2018.

Joshua Hansen

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) Deputies and U.S. Marshals arrested a federal escapee as the inmate attempted to smuggle numerous items of contraband back into the federal prison complex in Beaumont, reports Capt. Crystal Holmes.

According to Holmes, deputies received information that inmates were escaping from the federal complex on the back side of the facility and crossing onto private land owned by a local rancher. It was reported that they were picking up contraband and taking it back inside the prison.


A 37-year-old federal inmate has been sentenced for receiving contraband in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales in a news release on June 11.

Donald James Bratton Jr. of Little Rock, Arkansas, pleaded guilty on Jan. 6 to attempting to obtain a prohibited object by a federal inmate and was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.