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Officials Reveal New Element in Tennessee Man's 'Evil Plan'

Alexander Friedmann allegedly had concrete room built to practice jailbreak

(Newser) - A longtime prison reform advocate accused of preparing to stage an escape at a Tennessee jail that's under construction had a builder create a concrete room in his condominium's basement so he could learn how to break into the walls, authorities say. The room built in a storage... More »

14 Jumped the Fence. 6 Are Still on the Loose

Jail, shelter-in-place order couldn't hold these inmates in Washington state

(Newser) - Fourteen inmates escaped a jail in Washington state on Monday, and six were still on the loose by Tuesday morning. Residents of Yakima were told to stay inside as authorities reported the escape from Yakima County Jail in the city's downtown, per NBC News . At one point, authorities said... More »

Inmate Climbed Into Ceiling. It Didn't End Well

Ohio inmate's prison escape plan foiled after ceiling gives way

(Newser) - WOIO calls it a botched prison escape in Ohio that ended in "embarrassing fashion." ABC7 calls it an "epic fail"—or should it be "epic fall"? It was all of these things for Jessica Boomershine, who was caught on surveillance camera determinedly trying... More »

Fugitive on the Run 40 Years Busted, Done In by His Prints

Jose Romero escaped from SC in 1979; he was nabbed in Delaware last month

(Newser) - In 1979, Pink Floyd's The Wall was released, Margaret Thatcher was elected prime minister of the UK, and Jose Romero escaped from a South Carolina prison. Almost 40 years to the day of his jailbreak, however, the sexagenarian (he's said to be 63 or 64) was arrested in... More »

Jail Bathroom Had a Blind Spot. 2 Murder Suspects Found It

Search is on for Santos Fonseca, Jonathan Salazar in California

(Newser) - Two murder suspects have yet to be found three days after they escaped from a California jail through a small hole. Awaiting trial on separate murder charges, Santos Samuel Fonseca, 21, and Jonathan Salazar, 20, are believed to have escaped Monterey County Jail in Salinas on Sunday by climbing through... More »

Minutes After He Escaped From Jail, Inmate Meets His Fate

South Carolina woman shot Bruce McLaughlin Jr. after he kicked in her door

(Newser) - An inmate who'd escaped minutes earlier from a county jail in South Carolina was shot and killed by a woman after he kicked in her back door, the local sheriff said. The inmate was still in his orange jail jumpsuit and had grabbed a knife-sharpening tool from the woman'... More »

Odd: a Chinese Jailbreak. Odder: the Media Reporting It

There's a $15K reward for Zhang Guilin and Wang Lei

(Newser) - Looking to make a quick $15,000? Find these two fugitive prisoners for Chinese authorities. In what the BBC calls a "rare" event, Wang Lei, said to be in his mid-30s, and Zhang Guilin, in his late 30s or early 40s, broke out of the Lingyuan Third Prison in... More »

Women Escape Jail, Get Arrested at Escape Game

2nd escape in 24 hours proved impossible when cops showed up

(Newser) - Two women who escaped from jail in Alberta, Canada, were apparently so confident in their abilities that they headed to an escape room less than 24 hours later. Another escape proved impossible, however, when police officers surprised them within minutes. The scene unfolded Tuesday at SideQuests Adventures in Edmonton, which... More »

Escaped Inmate Orders Beer, Asks Bar Owner to Call Cops

Police found him drinking beer, he surrendered peacefully

(Newser) - If you'd escaped from jail and been on the lam for a week, grown exhausted and hungry, and decided to turn yourself in, wouldn't you want to have a beer first? That's what police say Shaun Higham did Tuesday night. The 45-year-old was in Arkansas' Logan County... 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 »

Seamstress: I Helped Convicts 'to Save My Family'

Joyce Mitchell says prisoners knew where they lived

(Newser) - The former prison seamstress who helped two murderers escape in New York in June says she did so out of fear for her family. Richard Matt and David Sweat had discovered where her mother and older son lived, and Joyce Mitchell felt she was in too deep to refuse their... More »

Quebec Loses Inmates in Bold Chopper Escape, Again

Quebec jails don't have such a good record against helicopters

(Newser) - Just another Saturday night in Quebec: A trio of inmates managed to break out of their jail in Quebec City, using a green helicopter to make their getaway and fly off into the west. Adding insult to any successful jailbreak is the fact that it's not exactly an original... More »

Quadruple Killer's Jailbreak Tools: His Hands

He donned kitchen uniform, peeled apart 2 fences

(Newser) - Quadruple murderer Michael Elliot is back behind bars, but prison guards won't be able to confiscate the tools he used for his brazen jailbreak : His bare hands. The 40-year-old inmate, who had a record of good behavior during his 20 years in a Michigan prison, wasn't a kitchen... More »

Blasts, Clashes Follow Benghazi Jailbreak

Around 1K escapees still on the loose

(Newser) - Benghazi is descending deeper into chaos after the escape of more than 1,000 prisoners from a city jail . Two explosions hit a courthouse and a justice ministry building yesterday and officials believe escapees are to blame. The blasts, which injured at least 10 people, had "some of the... More »

Morsi Detained Over Jailbreak

Reports say Hamas aided Muslim Brotherhood in 2011

(Newser) - An investigating judge has ordered the detention of Egypt's ousted president over alleged contacts with Hamas that are said to have helped in his escape from prison in 2011; the news, from the official state news agency, is the first official word on Mohamed Morsi's status since he... More »

500 Prisoners Bust Out of Abu Ghraib

Most escapees were high-ranking al-Qaeda men

(Newser) - Some 500 prisoners, most of them high-ranking al-Qaeda members, were busted out of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison (yes that Abu Ghraib prison , but the Iraqis are back in charge now) in a violent and explosive jail break last night. Suicide bombers raided the prison with cars full of explosives,... More »

Inmate May Have Used Spoon to Bust Out of Prison

Oleg Topalov escaped through hole in ceiling in Moscow

(Newser) - An alleged murderer escaped his Moscow prison cell through a hole in the ceiling early today, the Moscow Times reports, but the newspaper leaves out the most intriguing detail of Oleg Topalov's escape: He may have managed it using a spoon. According to a law enforcement source, that would... More »

Militants Attack Iraq Prison, Free 90 Inmates

At least 12 guards killed in Tikrit attack

(Newser) - About 90 inmates, including some "hardcore" al-Qaeda members, were freed after militants attacked an Iraqi prison last night, officials say. A car bomb went off outside Tasfirat prison's gates in Tikrit; then gunmen stormed the prison and fought with security guards for hours into the early morning, killing... More »

Inmate Busted in Taxi After Helicopter Escape

Russian's freedom short-lived after dramatic jailbreak

(Newser) - Freedom only lasted a couple of hours for a Russian murderer who made a Hollywood-style helicopter escape from prison. Alexei Shestakov's two accomplices hijacked a rented helicopter at gunpoint and lowered a rope ladder into the prison yard for the 34-year-old, who is halfway through a 24-year sentence, the... More »

Al-Qaeda Militants Escape Yemen Prison

Anywhere from 10 to 15 flee Aden prison

(Newser) - Just months after almost 60 suspected al-Qaeda militants escaped from a Yemen jail , another 10 to 15 militants broke out of another Yemen prison early today. The convicts fled through a tunnel as long as 130 feet that took them under the Aden prison and dropped them off outside the... More »

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