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24th Mar '18 9:49:33 PM JackG
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* ''Film/WhiteHeat''. The undercover cop seeking evidence against Cody Jarrett specializes in this kind of assignment.

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* ''Film/WhiteHeat''. The undercover cop seeking evidence against Cody Jarrett specializes in this kind of assignment. Of course he doesn't have to commit a crime first; he's simply placed inside the prison next to his target.
19th Feb '18 11:12:47 AM unc54
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* ''Series/PrisonBreak'': Michael Schofield purposefully gets arrested on charge of robbery and manipulates his way to Fox River State Penitentiary in order to break out his innocent brother, Lincoln Burrows, who is on death row.
19th Feb '18 11:12:08 AM unc54
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* ''Series/PrisonBreak'': Michael Schofield purposefully gets arrested on charge of robbery and manipulates his way to Fox River State Penitentiary in order to break out his innocent brother, Lincoln Burrows, who is on death row.
18th Feb '18 2:21:52 PM gman03hinz
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*''Series/TheBlacklist'', This is the driving force of the series with Raymond Reddignton turning himself in for a lifetime of crime to help the FBI take down other criminals.
11th Feb '18 6:18:35 PM CaptainCrawdad
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Most people spend their lives trying to ''avoid'' incarceration, but on some rare occasions, being in prison is better than being on the streets. Sometimes the characters need to meet someone on the inside. Or maybe the streets are too dangerous and they need protection that only iron bars and 24-hour surveillance can provide. Whatever their reasons, they're prepared to do what it takes to land the comfortably in the clink.

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Most people spend their lives trying to ''avoid'' incarceration, but on some rare occasions, being in prison is better than being on the streets. Sometimes the characters need to meet someone on the inside. Or maybe the streets are too dangerous and they need protection that only iron bars and 24-hour surveillance can provide. Whatever their reasons, they're prepared to do what it takes to land the comfortably in the clink.
6th Feb '18 11:36:03 AM CaptainCrawdad
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John Doe needs to get information from (or kill) Richard Roe. Unfortunately, Richard Roe has just been thrown into prison. How to get access to someone surrounded by high walls, barbed wire and armed guards? Why, commit a crime and get imprisoned yourself! After all, [[CardboardPrison escaping should be easy for our hero]] once the deed is done!

Undercover police officers actually do carry out these kinds of missions, but in fiction they often go one step further and commit a crime instead of just faking a criminal record. Of course, John Doe may not have the luxury of law enforcement co-operation. However, this [[FridgeLogic raises the question]] of how he'd arrange to be [[ContrivedCoincidence thrown into the same prison or cellblock]] as the inmate he needs to approach.

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John Doe needs Most people spend their lives trying to get information from (or kill) Richard Roe. Unfortunately, Richard Roe has just been thrown into prison. How ''avoid'' incarceration, but on some rare occasions, being in prison is better than being on the streets. Sometimes the characters need to get access to meet someone surrounded by high walls, barbed wire on the inside. Or maybe the streets are too dangerous and armed guards? Why, commit a crime they need protection that only iron bars and get imprisoned yourself! After all, [[CardboardPrison escaping should be easy for our hero]] once 24-hour surveillance can provide. Whatever their reasons, they're prepared to do what it takes to land the deed is done!

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comfortably in the clink.

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police officers actually do carry out these kinds of missions, but won't let you in fiction they often go one step further and commit a crime instead of just faking a criminal record. Of course, John Doe may not because you ask them, so characters will generally have the luxury to break some sort of law enforcement co-operation. However, this [[FridgeLogic raises and intentionally get caught. Smart characters will adjust the question]] severity of their crime depending on where they want to end up and for how he'd arrange to be [[ContrivedCoincidence thrown into the same long. Dumber or more desperate characters may wind up with a longer or harsher prison or cellblock]] as the inmate he needs to approach.
sentence than they wanted.
6th Nov '17 5:03:23 PM ClintEastwood
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* The Creator/SteveMcQueen movie ''Nevada Smith'' (1966). Max Sand discovers that Bowdre, one of the three men who murdered his parents, is in prison. Smith commits a robbery and allows himself to get caught. They escape the prison together, [[YouKilledMyFather whereupon Smith murders Bowdre after revealing his identity]].

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* The Creator/SteveMcQueen Creator/SteveMcQueenActor movie ''Nevada Smith'' (1966). Max Sand discovers that Bowdre, one of the three men who murdered his parents, is in prison. Smith commits a robbery and allows himself to get caught. They escape the prison together, [[YouKilledMyFather whereupon Smith murders Bowdre after revealing his identity]].
9th Sep '17 3:18:36 AM foxley
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* ''Series/FatherBrown'': In "The Penitent Man", Flambeau frames himself for murder and then pleads guilty to ensure he is placed in the condemned cell at the prison, where he knows a priceless gold medallion is concealed.
30th Aug '17 3:54:39 PM KaijuDirectorOO7
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* ''Manga/{{Golgo13}}''. In "Sleep Inside the Cage", Duke Togo allows himself to be arrested so he'll end up in the same ludicrously high-security prison as his target, a crook whose old companions are worried about spilling the beans on them. Needless to say, escaping a prison that makes Alcatraz look like a cardboard box is no problem for Golgo 13!
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' knows he can do this at any time, due to the obsessive nature of his archrival, Detective Zenigata. As a GentlemanThief, Zenigata has been trying to arrest him for ''years''. All he has to do to go to jail is walk up and announce he's Lupin, coming to surrender.

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* ''Manga/{{Golgo13}}''. ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}''. In "Sleep Inside the Cage", Duke Togo the title character allows himself to be arrested so he'll end up in the same ludicrously high-security prison as his target, a crook whose old companions are worried about spilling the beans on them. Needless to say, escaping a prison that makes Alcatraz look like a cardboard box is no problem for Golgo 13!
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' knows he can do this at any time, due to the obsessive nature of his archrival, Detective Inspector Zenigata. As a GentlemanThief, Zenigata has been trying to arrest him for ''years''. All he has to do to go to jail is walk up and announce he's Lupin, coming to surrender.
6th Jun '17 5:09:42 PM JackG
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* ''Series/JackOfAllTrades''. In "Croquey in the Pokey", when Governor Croque gets thrown into jail for an attempted assassination of Napoleon, Jack has to follow suit to protect him from every thug he's ever sentenced.
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