Michael Maddox, 21, who was enrolled with the Washington County Community Work Center program, escaped from a job site at the National Guard Armory in Greenville around 10:35 a.m. Friday.
His state-issued clothes were found about 30 minutes later at the site.
According to Grace Fisher, Mississippi Department of Corrections communications director, Maddox was spotted walking in Boyle by a MDOC staff returning from the State Penitentiary in Parchman.
Maddox took off running behind the Wade facility into a harvested wheat field, and thus began a chaotic chase.
A Bolivar County Sheriff's Department deputy drove his vehicle through the field in pursuit, which eventually led to a field fire, adding another element of emergency response.
The Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department quickly arrived on scene to battle flames, while a plane searched from above as Maddox was still on the loose.
Assistance also arrived from the Cleveland Police Department, MDOC Field Officers, MSP K-9, Delta K-9 and Bolivar County Emergency Management.
Law enforcement searched by foot and ATV and heavily guarded the perimeter of the area.
Authorities quickly cornered Maddox into a drainage ditch hidden away by trees and vegetation close to Memorial Drive.
Fisher said he was captured at approximately 1:45 p.m. Official information has not been released as to how he managed his way into Bolivar County.
Maddox was serving six years on two sentences for residential burglary in Lowndes County. He now faces an additional five-year sentence if convicted of escape.