He served part of his sentence at Mount Olive Correctional Complex, a maximum-security prison, and others before being transferred to Denmar.
Morehead, 48, was serving a sentence for a sexual assault in Nicholas County.
Opened in 1993, the prison is the site of the old Denmar State Hospital where it saw mainly tuberculosis patients. Rubenstein said the 210-bed facility has been successful with its inmates, and believes this is the second escape in the 20 years it has been open.
The facility, which is surrounded by a tall, razor wire-topped fence, has an educational component as well as a correctional industry program. Inmates sleep two to four to a room. There are no cells, instead rooms left over from the old hospital were cleaned and repurposed.
He said inmates who have had decent behavior would be placed in a medium-security or minimum-security facility like that, but if they act out they go back to a more secure facility like Mount Olive, Huttonsville or St. Marys.
"We've had real success there," Rubenstein said. "They've taken advantage of the work programs, educational and vocational programs."
Rubenstein, who was reached at home, did not know how many inmates had escaped so far this year, though he said more recently the problem has been with work release inmates.
Those inmates are working in communities and are allowed to wear civilian clothing. They also can earn a furlough, up to 72 hours, and a pass, up to six hours, from the facility.
He said those inmates are considered escapees when they fail to return from their job, furlough or pass. A felony warrant would be obtained in the county where the escape took place.
The same goes for Morehead and Pennington, whose arrest warrants already have been filed, Rubenstein said.
State Police warn not approach either man.
Anyone with information can contact their local State Police detachment or dial 911.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.