Escapes from prisons and jails
What is it about?
Escapes from correctional custody are important, but understudied events. This article presents data on escapes from prisons and jails, including the characteristics of individuals who escape, the circumstances surrounding the escape incident, and the characteristics of the facilities from which they escape.
Why is it important?
Escapes are often presented in TV shows, movies, news outlets, and even court and rulings and legislative policies as sensational, inherently dangerous events. However, our study indicates that the majority of escapes occur because of opportunity and are rarely planned, sensational, or violent events.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Bryce E Peterson