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1783

Unlawful Flight to Avoid Custody or Confinement After Conviction

This portion of the statute covers convicted inmates of state jails or prisons as well as those on conditional liberty. The government must show that the flight was for the purpose of avoiding custody or confinement; therefore the evidence should indicate that the subject knew or believed that his conditional liberty was about to be revoked or was at least in jeopardy. Selective handling by United States Attorneys in this regard will obviate indiscriminate use of the act to locate parolees who have simply failed to report to the parole board or failed to notify the parole board of a change of address.

[cited in USAM 9-69.430]