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10 Killed, Warden Hurt in Suspected Jailbreak

Grenade went off inside Manila-area facility

(Newser) - Officials in the Philippines say 10 inmates died in a suspected grenade blast that rocked a jail Thursday night. Senior Inspector Xavier Solda, spokesman for the Bureau of Jail Management, says an initial investigation suggests the inmates, including two Chinese nationals facing drug charges, had sought to talk with the... More »

Escaped Killer, Rapist on the Run in Arkansas

Lloyd Jones escaped Monday while on work detail

(Newser) - A convicted killer has escaped from a state prison in Arkansas, sparking a manhunt near that state's borders of Tennessee and Mississippi. Authorities say 40-year-old Lloyd Jones escaped around noon Monday while working at a construction site about two miles from East Arkansas Regional Correctional Facility in Brickeys, where... More »

Key to Inmates' Storied Escape: 'Lazy' Guards

Sweat managed to get out of cell 85 nights in a row

(Newser) - Guards at Clinton Correctional Facility were supposed to carry out overnight rounds, observing "skin and breathing or other movement," but "we got lazy," Officer Ronald Blair says in a 154-page report on the institutional flaws that enabled the brazen escape of David Sweat and Richard Matt... More »

Fugitive on the Lam for 48 Years Nabbed in Conn.

Robert Stackowitz escaped from Georgia prison work camp in 1968

(Newser) - Since before man landed on the moon, Robert Stackowitz has been on the run after busting out of a prison work camp in Georgia. That half-century run came to a low-key end Monday in Sherman, Conn., where the US Marshals Service tracked down and arrested Stackowitz without incident, NBC News... More »

'Dangerous' Escaped Inmate on the Run in NJ

Arthur Buckel last spotted at CVS in Barnegat

(Newser) - A convicted killer remains on the run after escaping a psychiatric hospital in New Jersey on Tuesday. Arthur Buckel, 38—who was eligible for parole in less than three weeks, per NJ.com —was discovered missing from the Bayside State Prison unit of Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Hammonton during... More »

Escaped Inmate Found Minus Head

NC man broke out of jail weeks ago

(Newser) - Freedom turned out to be a lot more dangerous than jail for North Carolina inmate Kelvin Singleton. Cops say a naked, headless body found in a rural area is that of the 26-year-old, who broke out of the Chowan County Jail on March 27 after using a sharpened toothbrush to... More »

Arkansas Inmate Shot Dead During Escape Attempt

Convicted killer was serving life without parole

(Newser) - A convicted killer in Arkansas whose only ways out of prison were death or escape will be leaving by the former after attempting the latter. Christopher Wilson, a 41-year-old serving life without parole for beating a woman and her 8-month-old baby to death in 2002, was shot dead during an... More »

Manhunt Underway for Escaped Murderer in Ohio

John Modie, 58, discovered missing late Sunday

(Newser) - A search is underway for a convicted murderer who escaped from a prison in Nelsonville, Ohio. Prison officials say John Modie, 58—sentenced to 15 years to life for the murder of a woman in Cleveland in 2003—was discovered missing from the Hocking Unit of the Southeastern Correctional Institution... More »

Homeless Man Spots Fugitives, Gets $100K Reward

He recognized stolen van of Calif. escapees

(Newser) - A homeless San Francisco man who calls himself a "news junkie" might be able to get off the streets because of his news habit: He will receive the lion's share of a $150,000 reward for helping recapture two escaped inmates in January, the Los Angeles Times reports.... More »

Recaptured New Mexico Inmate: I Had Fun

Getting out of shackles was easy, he says

(Newser) - The second of two violent felons to escape from a prison van in New Mexico was recaptured on Saturday—and Lionel Clah wasn't exactly repentant. After he was arrested without a fight in Albuquerque, the 29-year-old inmate told reporters he "just had fun" after the escape, NBC News... More »

Violent Felon at Large After Brazen NM Escape

Inmates vanished between prisons

(Newser) - Lionel Clah is probably beginning to regret getting that big tattoo of a feather on his left cheek: Police hope it will help the public identify the escaped 29-year-old New Mexico inmate. Clah, convicted in 2009 of crimes including armed robbery with a deadly weapon, escaped from a prison van... More »

Escaped Inmate Killed by His Own Hostages

Rafael McCloud held Miss. couple prisoner before they shot him

(Newser) - An escaped inmate accused of raping and murdering a woman last year was shot and killed in Mississippi on Thursday by the very people he had taken prisoner. Officials say Rafael McCloud, 34—who escaped from a Warren County jail on March 2 with a worker's uniform—was killed... More »

Escapees Fought About Killing Cabbie: Sheriff

California prison inmates allegedly drove him up to San Jose

(Newser) - Three fugitives who broke out of a California jail in January—and were captured about a week later —apparently kidnapped a taxi driver and got in a physical fight about whether to kill him. That's one claim authorities made today about the remarkably complex breakout, the AP reports.... More »

2 Remaining California Jail Escapees Are In Custody

The search for the 3 men suspected of violent crimes lasted more than a week

(Newser) - Two inmates who remained at large after breaking out of a California jail more than a week ago have been arrested, Orange County sheriff's officials said Saturday. The AP reports Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Hossein Nayeri, 37, were in the custody of the San Francisco Police Department. Authorities had... More »

Cops: Jail English Teacher Helped 3 Inmates Escape

She allegedly provided the men maps

(Newser) - Authorities say a teacher has been arrested on suspicion of helping three inmate—including an alleged killer— escape from a maximum-security jail in Southern California, the AP reports. They believe the men may be living in a stolen van. Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock says a woman who... More »

Expert: Calif. Inmates Had Help to Escape

Questions raised about why men were kept in 68-man dorm

(Newser) - As the search for three escaped inmates stretches on, Orange County jail officials are facing pressure to explain why the men weren't held in individual cells. Authorities at the Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana say Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43—charged with... More »

California Jail Escape 'Very Sophisticated-Looking'

It was 16 hours before jail knew they were gone

(Newser) - Three dangerous inmates are still at large after breaking out of a maximum-security jail in California on Friday—and authorities now suspect the escape had been planned for months. Authorities believe the men broke out of the Orange County Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana soon after the 5am... More »

NY Inmate Pleads Guilty in Escape

David Sweat admits to all charges in high-profile breakout in June

(Newser) - A convicted killer serving life behind bars when he staged a daring escape from a maximum-security prison has pleaded guilty to criminal charges for the breakout. In 35-year-old David Sweat's second court appearance since his capture in June, he no longer wore a sling, his head was shaved, and... More »

Seamstress Owes $80K for Killers' Prison Break

It's 'every legal dollar' the state could get out of her

(Newser) - The prison seamstress who helped two convicted murderers escape a New York prison by smuggling them tools hidden inside meat last summer must pay nearly $80,000 in restitution, NBC News reports. That's in addition to the up to seven years Joyce Mitchell is currently serving for her role... More »

Prisoner Who Escaped in 1978 Is Caught

Ohio murderer was living quietly a few states away

(Newser) - A convicted murderer has been recaptured 37 years after he left a dummy in his bed and sawed through cell bars to make his getaway from Ohio's Marion Correctional Institution. Oscar Juarez, 66, who was just three years into a life sentence for the shooting death of a Toledo... More »

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