How 12 inmates used a condiment to escape an Alabama jail

Kristopher Drake
August 2, 2017

Observing the changed number above the door the inmates asked to go through, he pressed "unlock" for the corresponding number door in the control room, inadvertently opening a door that led to freedom.

"It may sound insane, but these people are insane like a fox", Walker County Sheriff James Underwood said at a news conference in Jasper. "I'm not going to make any excuses".

He said the only person seriously hurt in the entire escape incident was an inmate who sliced his thumb climbing over a razor-wire fence.

All but one of the inmates were captured within eight hours.

"This is one time we slipped up". "(Then) they hollered, "Hey, open door" so-and-so, but (the number the inmates gave the worker) was the outside door". "It was a human error that caused this to happen", he said. Brady Andrew Kilpatrick, who was in jail on drug possession charges, still remains at large.


Other recent jailbreaks have seen inmates take advantage of building infrastructure.

Inmates reportedly took the commonly-served peanut butter sandwiches from the cafeteria and corrupted them with nefarious goal.

He added: "So we got some evil people down here, and they scheme all the time to con us and our employees here at the jail".

Underwood said this is the first time inmates escaped while he is in charge of the jail. You've got to stay on your toes. That search was getting some airborne help from a state helicopter.

The sheriff did acknowledge the jail needed improvements, including more monitors and cameras.

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