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Despite cameras and guards monitoring their every move, some prisoners are daring enough to test the system and execute a breakout. Told from the perspectives of both the escapees and the law enforcement teams tracking them, this series documents some of recent history's high-profile jailbreaks and the various methods officials use to outsmart the criminals, leading to their eventual recapture.

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Despite the precautions taken, Quawntay Adams escapes the federal wing of Alton Jail in Illinois.
aired 74 days ago
An armed robber escapes from prison by hiding in a furniture delivery truck leaving the premises.
aired 74 days ago
Convicted robber, Dennis Hope, escapes from the Darrington prison in Texas by training so he could outrun search parties sent to hunt him down.
aired 75 days ago
A woman breaks her gangster husband out of prison custody at gunpoint, leaving a trail of blood and stolen vehicles across three states before being captured.
aired 145 days ago
Nuno Pontes plans an escape from a maximum security prison.
aired 179 days ago
Two Florida murderers escape from jail through the ventilation system, using little more than a smuggled hacksaw.
aired 179 days ago
Three heavily armed gang members escape from Grant County Jail in New Mexico and head for the Mexican border.
aired 186 days ago
Three prisoners evade capture for five days after escaping from an English prison.
aired 193 days ago
A Mr. Fix It inmate's life is threatened by a white supremacist gang in Texas, so he must escape from maximum security before they kill him.
aired 193 days ago
Three inmates hatch a daring plan to escape from Indiana State Prison using a long and narrow steam tunnel under the facility.
aired 200 days ago
Three political prisoners escape from South Africa's maximum security Pretoria Prison using keys crafted from wood.
aired 200 days ago
Seven criminals escape from the Connally Unit in Texas, sparking one of the biggest manhunts in state history.
aired 200 days ago
A man who is waiting to stand trial for the murder of a police officer attempts to escape from jail.
aired 207 days ago
Ronald Rutan and Frank Vandever use their positions in the kitchens of Connecticut's only maximum security prison to escape.
aired 207 days ago
Roy Harper and John Woolard break out of Mississippi State Penitentiary's notorious Unit 32 and leave a trail of destruction.
aired 214 days ago
Two murderers escape Elmira Prison in New York by chipping a hole through the ceiling of their cell.

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