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  • The year is 2015 and Mexican crime kingpin Joaquín  'El Chapo' Guzmán is making his way through a  

  • tunnel that stretches from his shower stall at  Federal Social Readaptation Center No.1 maximum  

  • security prison to a construction site not far  away. This may have been the most brazen, and most  

  • costly, prison escape of all time. Sure, in 1962,  three men may have successfully escaped Alcatraz  

  • Federal Penitentiary, but did they really survive  the cold water and live a full and fruitful life  

  • on the outside? The jury is still out on that oneAs for El Chapo, his freedom didn't last long and  

  • right now he has less chance of breaching his new  prison walls than gold bullion stands a chance of  

  • walking out of Fort Knox. Maximum security  is no joke, and today you'll find out why

  • Before we talk about the impossiblemeaning escaping from the most secure  

  • facilities out there, let's have a look  at some examples of when prisoners managed  

  • to escapeif only for a short time. One of the most feared prisons in the U.S.  

  • is Louisiana State Penitentiary, a place  that has at times been called theAlcatraz  

  • of the South.” It has a reputation of  being a brutal place to do your time  

  • and it is not an easy place to escape from. So, you might wonder how in 1999 death row  

  • prisoner Leslie Dale Martin and three other men  managed to leave the prison and taste freedom

  • When you are locked down 23 hours a day and under  the strictest supervision, there aren't too many  

  • options open to you. In many prisons even when you  are allowed out of your cell, your fresh air time  

  • is just another cage, albeit a large cage. So, what to do

  • The answer for these men was to bribe  prison guards. If a guard's wage doesn't  

  • quite pay the bills maybe some of  them can be enticed with a bribe?  

  • That's exactly what the men did. They paid at  least one guard to bring hacksaws into the prison

  • For weeks the prisoners slowly sawed through  the bars on the cell doors and windows,  

  • a procedure that might sound a little bit clichéd  in the prison escape canon, but hey, evidently it  

  • can work. It seems they might have also paid  a guard to turn a blind eye to their sawing

  • The men got out over the prison walls and made  a run for it, but the alarm was soon raised and  

  • a chase team with bloodhounds went after themThey were all soon caught. In the aftermath,  

  • two corrections officers were  fired and two were demoted

  • We should say that Martin planned  another escape after that,  

  • but this time it involved taking hostages. If you can bribe an officer, or better,  

  • a few officers, that could be your best chance of  escaping from a maximum-security prison. But what  

  • about taking hostages, could that work? Well, we don't need to go any further  

  • from Louisiana State Penitentiary to answer  that. We don't even need to change the year

  • Not long before Martin made his short-lived  escape, four convicted murderers got out

  • It looks like they too had  managed to bribe a guard,  

  • because it was revealed that guns  had been smuggled into the prison  

  • and hidden inside a box in a wall. The  prisoners retrieved those guns and with them  

  • they took a maintenance supervisor hostage. This was a predicament for other officers inside  

  • the prison. There isn't much you can do when  a gun is being held at an innocent man's head.  

  • In this case, the prisoners walked out of  the prison with their hostage at their side.  

  • They then drove him to some nearby woods, tied  him up, and ran for it. Simple, but effective

  • It didn't take long for the authorities to  catch up with them. Two men were caught soon  

  • after they fled into the woods and two others  were re-arrested around five hours later.  

  • One man who was cornered put a gun to his own head  as he really didn't want to go to prison again

  • So, as you've heard, escaping a maximum-security  prison has been done using fairly old-school  

  • methods. Notably, bribing and hostage taking. There have been much more elaborate escapes,  

  • ones that didn't require the cash  and connections that El Chapo had

  • Take for instance the Texas 7. They escaped  in 2000 from the John B. Connally Unit,  

  • a maximum-security state  prison in the state of Texas

  • Their escape involved overpowering nine  civilian maintenance supervisors and  

  • four correctional officers, as well as other  inmates. Once they had those guys restrained,  

  • they removed their clothes and changed into themThey then left their victims gagged and tied up

  • With some guys in civilian clothes and some guys  in officer's uniforms they started pretending to  

  • be other people working in the prison, and they  were good at it. They not only managed to get  

  • out of the prison, but they also took lots of  guns from an armory. They stole a maintenance  

  • pick-up truck and there was also a getaway  car waiting for them outside the prison gates

  • Like the Alcatraz escape that may or may not  have been successful, in the escape canon we  

  • can call this one 'elaborate'. It took lots of  planning. The men had to know where the guards  

  • were at all times. They even had to pick the  right guards to overpower and steal clothes from.  

  • They basically had to plan the escape like  someone might plan a very lucrative heist

  • Another escape has been compared to that of  the Texas 7. This was back in the 70s and it  

  • also involved a group of men, this time six  men. Their escape from the maximum-security  

  • facility Mecklenburg Correctional  Center has been calledthe boldest  

  • and most elaborate escapes in U.S. history.” It certainly falls into the 'elaborate' category  

  • of escapes and if it weren't for the fact those  men were vicious killers, you might even call  

  • their escape funny. On the fateful day when they  got out of the supposedlyescape-proofprison,  

  • they overpowered their guards after much  careful study. They too had spent months  

  • watching the guards and had even sized them up so  they knew which guards' uniforms would fit them

  • This time the guys got dressed up in  riot gear, too, including riot helmets.  

  • At this point they had the guards tied  up, leaving them fearing for their lives.  

  • One of the guards many years later said, “I had  just had a baby. She was all I could think about,  

  • dying and not seeing my daughter anymore.” They told the guards, keep your mouth shut,  

  • and you won't get hurt. Meanwhile, they had taken  a gurney and placed a TV in the middle of it.  

  • They then threw a blanket over the TV  and radioed to other officers, telling  

  • them that the thing they had was a bomb. Confused offers didn't know they were  

  • communicating with inmates so when they  were asked to open doors, they opened them.  

  • What they then saw was two men carrying  the bomb (TV) and two other men spraying it  

  • with fire extinguishers. Yep, it might sound  like something from a Looney Tunes cartoon,  

  • but it worked. The prisoners took the fake bomb  out of the prison and they drove away with it.  

  • A nationwide manhunt ensued and not surprisinglythe prisoners were all found in the end

  • Those are good examples of an elaborate  escape. They took plenty of planning and  

  • it has to be said, quite a lot of ambition. In the last case the prison was left with egg  

  • on its face, so soon it changed things. One  of those things was to lock the men up more,  

  • basically keep them confined to their  cells, at least if they were on death  

  • row. Other changes that happened was hiring  extra staff and also installing more cameras

  • You might now be wondering if there is  any maximum-security prison that is just  

  • impossible to escape from. Imagine if a person has  escaped before, maybe even numerous times before.  

  • What do you do with them? Dig a hole in the floor  and throw them in? Not quite, this isn't 1520,  

  • it's 2020, prisoners have to have some rights. As for someone they just couldn't keep held down,  

  • we think the best example is a man named Richard  Lee McNair. He escaped prison three times and  

  • one of those escapes, we kid you not, involved  mailing himself out of prison. This man was very  

  • intelligent, and he made a career out of escaping  from prison. He also once bluffed a cop during an  

  • escape that has gone down in history as one of  the most shameless lies ever caught on camera

  • So, where do you put a man that can seemingly  outfox the authorities when he wants and get out  

  • of prison with as much ease as Houdini removedpair of handcuffs? The answer to the question is  

  • ADX Florence, the supermax prison in FlorenceColorado, aka, theAlcatraz of the Rockies.” 

  • This place has been calledextremein terms of  just how secure it is. Journalists have walked  

  • through its halls and said they were spooked  out. The reason for that is because the place  

  • is just so quiet. You can hear a pin drop in  there. It looks less like a prison and more  

  • like a facility at the fictional SCP Foundation. It sits 5,000 feet above sea level at the foot of  

  • Colorado's southern Rockies. What does that tell  you? It tells that even if you could somehow get  

  • over the walls or dig under the ground, you'd  stand out like a white rabbit running through  

  • the desert. There is literally nowhere to run. This is where McNair is now housed. It's where  

  • El Chapo spends all his time. It's where many  of the most dangerous prisoners in the USA live,  

  • and the ones that showed just a bit too  much aptitude in prison escape class

  • A prisoner here will be housed according to  their security level. It's all high security,  

  • but when you hold the likes of El Chapowell, you can't be too careful. All prisoners  

  • will be on permanent lockdown, meaning 23  hours a day in a cell that is soundproof.  

  • That's so prisoners cannot chat with each other. In each cell there isn't really anything you could  

  • fashion tools out of. The spartan cells come with  a bed, a stool, and a desk, all made out of poured  

  • concrete. There is a sink that doesn't have a tap  that could be pulled off and a shower that can't  

  • be used to flood the cell. That means no dragging  officers there in the night, getting them in the  

  • cell and hitting them with a tool a prisoner  has made. Not gonna happen. There is a TV,  

  • but that is bolted inside the wall. Just for  added torture, it plays mostly religious shows

  • We should add that prisoners have no  idea where they are in the facility,  

  • because their only window to the world  looks at the mountains and the sky.  

  • When prisoners leave their cells for recreation  they are handcuffed and often shackled, and then  

  • with at least two officers they are taken to the  recreation area. This is not a yard, but more like  

  • a walled-up basketball court. Some inmates  have been known to call themdog kennels.” 

  • Another thing you need to know is that  the officers there are very professional,  

  • and they are paid well for what they do. Bribery  is totally out of the question. The guards in  

  • the towers are equipped with precision riflesIt helps that they are all trained marksmen.  

  • If for some reason a prisoner should ever move  freely around the prison, the CCTV technology  

  • is second to none, as are the pressure pads thatprisoner might step on and then set off an alarm

  • If an inmate ever got outside, they'd not only  be faced with armed marksmen, but they'd have  

  • to scale a 12-foot tall (3.7 m) razor wire fenceIf they got over that, they'd have to run through  

  • the desert. You can't order a getaway car at  ADX Florence. It would be spotted a long time  

  • before it got anywhere close to the prison. So, how to get out? Simple hostage taking is  

  • impossible. The guards can't be bribed. How  does a person come up with an 'elaborate'  

  • plan when they are locked down most of the time  and have no idea where they are in the prison?  

  • They are basically kept in a modern dungeonsomething human rights activists aren't happy  

  • about and the reason why quite a few inmates  took their life when they got the chance

  • But escape-proof prisons have been escaped from  before. Could it happen again? The fact is,  

  • officers can become complacent, while inmates  have all the time in the world to cook up a plan.  

  • They can't be denied visits from  legal counsel, so they do have a  

  • way to communicate with the outside world. It's doubtful that any prisoner could escape after  

  • walking out of the cell doorwell, two doorsone with bars and another that is solid steel.  

  • Even if someone got out of those, there are many  other remote-controlled doors around the prison.  

  • There is just too much security, so we think an  El Chapo-type of escape wouldn't be in the cards

  • There is a golf course not too far away, and  there's also a very small town with a population  

  • of 3,914. If there's any way of getting out of  ADX it would be getting to one of those places.  

  • Denver is another 200 miles away, a city  where a person could find some anonymity

  • But let's face it, a tunnel digging operation  wouldn't be easy to do without being seen.  

  • It would have to be something out of a James  bond movie. We just don't think it would happen.  

  • In our humble opinion, if you go to ADX you stay  there until you are told to move. For some inmates  

  • their cell will feel much like a coffin. That's  why one journalist described the place like this

  • The Supermax is life after death. It's long termIn my opinion, it's far much worse than death.” 

  • Now go watch this, “The Most Insane Ways  Men Escaped from Prison.” Or watch this,  

  • Maximum Security Prison  Escape And Insane Crime Spree.”

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