12 Inmates Escape From Alabama Jail
8 were recaptured within hours
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2017 12:03 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A dozen inmates broke out of the Walker County Jail in Alabama Sunday evening, but they weren't all on the loose for long: Authorities say eight of the men had been recaptured by 10:42pm, about four hours after they escaped, AL.com reports. Police, who asked area residents to stay indoors and turn on outdoor lighting, say they're investigating how so many inmates managed to escape the Jasper facility, which only holds around 250 inmates. The New York Daily News reports that those still listed as on the loose late Sunday include Christopher Smith, a 19-year-old charged with attempted murder.

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