Regional Report: Daring Prison Break Shines Light On Overcrowding

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It was the kind of prison break you’d expect to see in a Hollywood action flick, but this one was all too real. Two men hijacked a helicopter and made the pilot fly over St. Jerome prison in Quebec. One lowered rope later, two inmates climbed up and escaped the prison.

Their freedom didn’t last long though, all four men were later captured.

One of the escapees reportedly told a radio station that he took part in this desperate act because he could no longer deal with overcrowding in the prison.

Catherine Solyom is a journalist for the Montreal Gazette and joins VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb for our Friday Regional Report.

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