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Attempted Prison Break Leaves at Least 14 Injured

Incident started with inmate setting fire to prison's sewing plant

(Newser) - At least 14 people were injured Thursday afternoon in an attempted prison break in North Carolina, ABC News reports. The incident started with an inmate setting fire to the sewing plant at the Pasquotank Correctional Institute around 3:30pm. Details of the attempted prison break are scarce, and the extent... More »

12 Inmates Escaped With Peanut Butter Trick

11 have now been recaptured

(Newser) - Peanut butter was the key ingredient in Sunday evening's mass escape from an Alabama jail, Sheriff James Underwood says. The sheriff says the 12 men escaped after using peanut butter to cover up a door number, AL.com reports. They then convinced a new guard in the control room... More »

12 Inmates Escape From Alabama Jail

8 were recaptured within hours

(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... More »

Inmate Breaks Out of Max-Security Prison. Again

SC inmate is extremely dangerous, police say

(Newser) - Police in South Carolina say they're searching for an inmate who's extremely dangerous—and has managed to break out of a maximum-security prison for the second time since he began serving a life sentence in 2004. Jimmy Causey, 46, has been missing from the Lieber Correctional Institution since... More »

He Spent 32 Years on the Run. Then Police Received a Tip

Steven Dishman will have to complete his original 7-year sentence in Arkansas

(Newser) - After three decades on the lam, an Arkansas man has been quickly reacquainted with life behind bars. Steven Dishman, 60—who was five months into a seven-year sentence for burglary and property theft when he escaped from the Cummins Unit in Lincoln County, Ark., on May 28, 1985, reports KTHV... More »

4 Men Escape Bali Prison via 39-Foot Tunnel

Guards found the men missing on Monday

(Newser) - Police in Indonesia are hunting for four foreigners who tunneled out of a prison in Bali, the BBC reports. The men escaped from Kerobokan Prison by crawling through a 39-foot-long tunnel dug under the walls, per Reuters . The prison chief says "we suspect it took more than a week... More »

Cops: Inmates Kill Guards, Escape Prison Transport Bus

A manhunt is underway in Georgia for Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe

(Newser) - Two convicts are on the loose after overpowering and killing a pair of correctional officers on a prisoner transport bus early Tuesday in Georgia, WSB-TV reports. Ricky Dubose, 24, and Donnie Rowe, 43, were among the 30-some prisoners being transported from Baldwin County Prison. According to CNN , authorities say Dubose... More »

Twist in Tale of Taxi Driver Abducted by Prison Escapees

One convict, whom driver Long Ma today calls 'son,' had a change of heart

(Newser) - Taxi driver Long Ma still remembers the words that changed a cab ride around Santa Ana, Calif., from uneasy to terrifying: "We need your help." What made that phrase, spoken to the 71-year-old Ma in his native Vietnamese, so frightening, as Paul Kix explains in his tale for... More »

1 Inmate Sought After Toilet Escape

6 prisoners broke out on Christmas Day

(Newser) - Six Tennessee inmates who decided they didn't want to spend Christmas in jail broke out early Sunday by pulling a leaky toilet from a wall. Police say five of the inmates who escaped from the Cocke County Jail Annex in Newport were recaptured, but one, 54-year-old David Wayne Frazier,... More »

2 Inmates Missing After Thanksgiving Eve Escape

Escapees lowered rope from San Jose jail

(Newser) - Police in California are searching for two inmates who cut through the bars of a second-floor cell and lowered a rope of sheets and clothing to escape. Rogelio Chavez, 33, and Lanon Campbell, 26, made their getaway from San Jose's Main Jail at around 11pm Wednesday night, the San ... 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 »

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