For the purposes of this article, the author will avoid the question of "What was Scot Noble Payne doing in Dickens County Correctional Center in the first place?" and focus on the simpler "Where is he now?"
Up until last Sunday, Payne was one of approximately 100 Idaho inmates who were being housed at the Dickens center, a private prison run by the corporation GEO Group--also known as the prison company that builds full-fledged Christian colleges at several of their prisons so that inmates can improve their future employability with, uh, Bible degrees. Staff at Dickens found Payne's shirt in a fence around 6:35 p.m. Mountain Time. They believe he went over a fence to escape, and are tracking him with dogs in the thought that he is still in the area. Noble was four years into a seven-to-20-year sentence for lewd and lascivious conduct out of Ada County and aggravated battery out of Owyhee county.
Idaho inmates have been at Dickens since July of this year. Payne had been onsite since August.
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