I’ve been pretty fascinated with the NY Prison break since the news announced. More and more details were revealed as time went on, so it was really interesting to hear the final details of the story. Here’s a list of those move the prisoners made to escape:
1. First, the inmates cut neat rectangular holes in the steel at the backs of their cells.
2. They made dummies from sweatshirts and stuffed their beds during the night.
3. The men climbed five stories down between the wall and the catwalk to one level underground. The men then joined together on catwalk within the pipe system. They spent months looking for the perfect way out.
4. Until they cut a hole in a 24-inch steam pipe. With the heat turned off, the pipe was cool enough for the men to crawl through.
5. They crawled through the pipe to a manhole about 400 feet beyond the prison walls, cutting through a steel lock and chain to open it.
But what was real thing that let them accomplish all of this: Neglect.
Many of the rules and procedures usually followed by guards were ignored. Missed checks, guards missing from stations and in one instance bribes were exchanged between inmate and prison gaurd. A prison worker was even recruited to help the prisoners.
A culture of complacency and laziness among some prison guards, employees and their supervisors was exposed.
Our prison system has a long way to come if we truly want to improve its standards and get past its history of complacency.