Prison officials say 2 inmates escape in southern Illinois

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DIXON SPRINGS, Ill. (AP) _ State prison officials say two inmates incarcerated on drug charges have escaped a facility in southern Illinois.

A statement from an Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman says staff at the Dixon Springs Impact Incarceration Program noticed 25-year-old Jerrette Reed and 20-year-old Kevin Rivera missing at 5:50 p.m. Sunday.

Reed is serving a three-year sentence on meth-related charges out of Randolph County. Rivera is serving a five-year sentence for the manufacture and delivery of cocaine out of Cook County.

Authorities are searching for the men, who were last seen wearing orange T-shirts and blue pants.

Residents were advised to use caution and contact authorities if they notice suspicious activity.

The facility is located near the Kentucky border in Pope County.

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