With nothing but time on their hands, every prisoner fantasises about escape. While few actually attempt to breakout, some prisoners’ ingenuity and sheer audacity sees them successfully use obscure objects to bust out of some of the most secure prisons in the world. Each breakout is told by the dangerous and often highly intelligent criminals who escape, and the professional, determined law enforcement teams who hunt them down.
Six inmates outfox guards for months to build a tunnel out of a maximum security prison. But a drug overdose, dramatic car chase and tense armed stand-off results in them being put back behind bars.
Quawntay Adams is a high risk inmate due to his repeated escape attempts; but a 'state of the art' maximum security facility in Illinois is more than a match for this modern day Houdini.
Fleeing a robbery in Ohio, John Parsons destroys a close-knit community when he shoots an off-duty cop. No sooner is he locked up to face the death penalty, than he plans an ingenious means of escape.
Murderer Timothy Vail and his best friend escape from prison by chipping a hole through the concrete ceiling, but Vail falls nearly 40ft. Badly injured, he and his buddy go on the run from the law.
24 year old Jody Thompson, known as the cancer kid robber for his unusual methods when robbing Las Vegas bars, escapes from a 10-50 year prison sentence and goes back to his old ways while on the run.
A gang of seven hardened criminals hatch an elaborate plan to escape from a Texas prison. They remain at large for 41 days, sparking the biggest manhunt in US history.
When gang leader George Hyatte escapes from prison custody, he has an unlikely accomplice: his wife Jennifer, a prison nurse. But is it true love or is he using her for his fifth escape attempt?
A brush with death during a prison riot triggers armed robber Dennis Hope’s decision to escape. But he’ll only be free if he runs fast enough to pass the five mile search perimeter before it's set up.
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