Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department
Sheriff Butch Conway
2900 University Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Media Release – September 16, 2010
Stacey Bourbonnais – Public Information Officer
Office – 770 822-3924
The Pelham Police Department charged a woman and a Gwinnett County male inmate with conspiracy to escape and other crimes after they conspired together to break the inmate out of the Pelham City Jail.
Jason Joseph Clark, 30, was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison and had been sent to the Pelham City Jail by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office to be housed until the state had open bed space for him.
Last weekend, Camilla Police stopped a suspicious vehicle and encountered Tamah Jada Wallace, 24, of East Point and a 1-year-old child inside the car. They also discovered an Ak-47 assault rifle, a .45 caliber pistol, and numerous items for survival in the wilderness. Further investigation revealed that she had a connection with Gwinnett inmate Jason Clark, who had just been moved to the Pelham City Jail, 10 miles from Camilla.
Police in Camilla and Pelham listened to subsequent phone recordings between Ms. Wallace and Mr. Clark in the Pelham Jail. Those calls revealed that she was in the area to conduct a jail break in Pelham in order to free Mr. Clark, her baby’s father, from prison.
Pelham Police charged her with conspiracy to aid the escape of another, conspiracy to commit reckless abandonment, criminal attempt to commit reckless abandonment, cruelty to children in the first degree and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.
Mr. Clark was charged with conspiracy to commit a crime of escape, criminal solicitation to commit a felony and criminal attempt to possess a firearm by a convicted felon. The child was taken into state custody. Ms. Wallace is being held at the Pelham Jail and Mr. Clark has been transferred back to the Gwinnett County Jail where he is being held in maximum security.
Gwinnett County recently entered into an agreement with the Pelham City Jail to house sentenced inmates for $22.50 a day, which is the same rate Gwinnett is reimbursed by the state to house those sentenced inmates. Due to the closing of state prisons, inmates are backing up in county jails due to lack of bed space. The Gwinnett Sheriff’s Office does not have the staff to open additional housing units at the jail in order to handle the backlog of prisoners from the state.
For additional information on the arrests which occurred in Pelham, please contact the Pelham Police Department at 229-294-6000.