On Sunday evening, 12 inmates escaped from Walker County Jail in Jasper, Alabama, northwest of Birmingham.
According to the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, six of the inmates were caught shortly after the prison break, while five others were captured late Sunday night and early Monday morning.
Two are in jail on attempted murder charges. The others are charged with crimes such as burglary, theft, drug charges, domestic violence, breaking and entering, and disorderly conduct.
However, as of Monday morning, the manhunt continues for the 12th inmate, Brady Andrew Kilpatrick, who was imprisoned on drug possession charges.
The neighboring Jasper Police Department has joined the search for Kilpatrick.
Police are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the inmate’s capture. They also asked for residents to stay indoors and to turn on outdoor lighting.
It is unknown how the inmates, who are between the ages of 18 and 30, escaped from the jail. It is possible that the jail’s infrastructure, which is nearly 20 years old, enabled them to escape.
Jailbreaks have recently occurred in other states as well. In Oklahoma, two inmates tried to escape by climbing through the jail’s ventilation system. Though they were caught, they used the vents again to successfully escape three months later, along with two other inmates.
In Tennessee last December, six inmates broke out of jail by ripping a stainless steel toilet mounted to a wall. However, they were not able to escape arrest a few days later.
In January 2016, three Southern California inmates cut through steel bars in the jail’s dormitory and traveled through plumbing tunnels to get to the roof. They then tied blankets into ropes in order to get down to the ground. They were all soon arrested, with the last inmate being captured in San Francisco more than a week later.
Nonetheless, the most famous recent prison escape occurred in an upstate New York maximum-security prison. Two convicted murderers used power tools to drill through steel walls and pipes and successfully escaped. Hundreds of law enforcement officers joined the manhunt, not finding the inmates until three weeks later. Following their capture, a prison worker was charged with helping the inmates to escape by smuggling in power tools.