Responding to an inmate escape

There are some key steps correctional officers can take to prepare for a safe and effective response to a prison escape


Searching for an escaped felon in either the wilderness or the city presents many challenges and dangers. Regardless of where your correctional facility is located, planning your response ahead of time is key to a safe operation.

Your agency should have an emergency preparedness plan and procedure policy in place. Read it and know it well. However, there are some things individual correctional officers can do to prepare to respond to a prison escape. As a CO, you could be pulled from the dorms to aid with the recapture of an escaped inmate at any time, not only for your prison but also for other institutions.

Here are seven equipment considerations to help you effectively respond to an inmate escape:

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