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7th Dec '17 6:26:14 PM Troper1138
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* ''Literature/TheThinkingMachine'': In "The Problem of Cell 13", Van Dusen accepts a challenge to escape from a death row cell in an 'inescapable' prison within a week. He does so in a truly spectacular fashion.\
* ''Literature/Incarceron'' has only two possible exits, and will kill you itself before you get anywhere near either.

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* ''Literature/TheThinkingMachine'': In "The Problem of Cell 13", Van Dusen accepts a challenge to escape from a death row cell in an 'inescapable' prison within a week. He does so in a truly spectacular fashion.\
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* ''Literature/Incarceron'' ''{{Literature/Incarceron}}'' has only two possible exits, and will kill you itself before you get anywhere near either.
4th Dec '17 4:19:05 PM jamespolk
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* Fort-Montluc in ''Film/AManEscaped''. It's a RealLife prison in Lyon, and the movie is BasedOnATrueStory of a [[LaResistance French Resistance]] man who escaped from it while it was being used by the Gestapo.



* Fort-Montluc in ''A Man Escaped'' (and history)
11th Nov '17 6:52:41 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Nova Prospekt in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' Before the Seven Hour War, Eastern European prison. Once The Combine took over it became a much worse place.

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* Nova Prospekt in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' Before the Seven Hour War, Eastern European prison. Once The Combine took over it became a much worse place.
10th Nov '17 12:46:35 PM rvale7
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* The United States, in response to TheWarOnTerror, created two medium-security "Communication Management Units" in 2007 and 2008 at FCI Terre Haute and USP Marion to house convicted terrorists and tightly restrict their communications to the outside world. Certain prisoners whose communications are considered an exceptional risk can be subject to "Special Administrative Measures" that isolate them further from human contact.
10th Nov '17 9:45:51 AM xcountryguy
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** All known inmates, that is Phobos, Cedric, Elyon (imprisoned there and shoved in Phobos' cell with a false accusation when [[spoiler: [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Phobos managed to take over Kandrakar]]]]) and [[spoiler: ''the warden himself'', Endarno]], managed to break out, but it took them something that should have been impossible: ''getting their hands on the key'' (the warden was neither corruptible nor a criminal). Every one of them had their method: Phobos used his last ounce of magic to [[spoiler: [[GrandTheftMe switch bodies with Endarno]]]], thus automatically getting the key; Cedric was broken out by Phobos after the above; and Elyon and [[spoiler: Endarno]] were given the key from the new warden and helped by the Guardians of Kandrakar. Elyon, on the other hand, was so powerful that she ''could'' have broken out on her own, except she had expected some betrayal when she was arrested and placed all her power in the Crown of Light (and, in fact, later [[spoiler: Cedric, after being recaptured, manages to evade imprisonment again by escaping the guards, entering in Elyon's cell and waiting for the Guardians to show up with the Crown while wearing Elyon's looks, after which he simply teleports out]]).

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** All known inmates, that is Phobos, Cedric, Elyon (imprisoned there and shoved in Phobos' cell with a false accusation when [[spoiler: [[TyrantTakesTheHelm [[spoiler:[[TyrantTakesTheHelm Phobos managed to take over Kandrakar]]]]) and [[spoiler: ''the [[spoiler:''the warden himself'', Endarno]], managed to break out, but it took them something that should have been impossible: ''getting their hands on the key'' (the warden was neither corruptible nor a criminal). Every one of them had their method: Phobos used his last ounce of magic to [[spoiler: [[GrandTheftMe [[spoiler:[[GrandTheftMe switch bodies with Endarno]]]], thus automatically getting the key; Cedric was broken out by Phobos after the above; and Elyon and [[spoiler: Endarno]] [[spoiler:Endarno]] were given the key from the new warden and helped by the Guardians of Kandrakar. Elyon, on the other hand, was so powerful that she ''could'' have broken out on her own, except she had expected some betrayal when she was arrested and placed all her power in the Crown of Light (and, in fact, later [[spoiler: Cedric, [[spoiler:Cedric, after being recaptured, manages to evade imprisonment again by escaping the guards, entering in Elyon's cell and waiting for the Guardians to show up with the Crown while wearing Elyon's looks, after which he simply teleports out]]).



* Chorh-Gom Prison, the mountain prison that holds Tai Lung in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. He's the only prisoner, chained to the floor in a deep pit, wearing a tortoise shell-shaped suit with acupuncture needles that keep him paralyzed, and covered from above by massive crossbows at all times. There are one thousand guards responsible for containing him alone. [[spoiler: He obtains one solitary feather, picks the lock and defeats the defenses in a few minutes.]]

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* Chorh-Gom Prison, the mountain prison that holds Tai Lung in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. He's the only prisoner, chained to the floor in a deep pit, wearing a tortoise shell-shaped suit with acupuncture needles that keep him paralyzed, and covered from above by massive crossbows at all times. There are one thousand guards responsible for containing him alone. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He obtains one solitary feather, picks the lock and defeats the defenses in a few minutes.]]



* Westgate Penitentiary in ''Film/{{Brute Force|1947}}'' is surrounded by water and can only be entered with a drawbridge. It also has a guard which is evil incarnate, Captain Munsey. Joe tries to escape with his band of misfits, [[spoiler: but they don't make it.]]

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* Westgate Penitentiary in ''Film/{{Brute Force|1947}}'' is surrounded by water and can only be entered with a drawbridge. It also has a guard which is evil incarnate, Captain Munsey. Joe tries to escape with his band of misfits, [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but they don't make it.]]



* ''Film/EscapePlan'': The Tomb is designed to be completely escape proof the prisoners are drugged before being brought in, blindfolded when moved about, and are allowed no contact with or even visual access to the outside world; the cells are elevated and transparent, and surrounded almost completely by surveillance; the guards are masked and work in scrambled shifts so that the prisoners can't plan around their shifts; all the doors have magnetic locks in case of emergency; and to top it all off, the Tomb itself is [[spoiler: built inside an oil tanker anchored in the middle of the ocean.]]

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* ''Film/EscapePlan'': The Tomb is designed to be completely escape proof the prisoners are drugged before being brought in, blindfolded when moved about, and are allowed no contact with or even visual access to the outside world; the cells are elevated and transparent, and surrounded almost completely by surveillance; the guards are masked and work in scrambled shifts so that the prisoners can't plan around their shifts; all the doors have magnetic locks in case of emergency; and to top it all off, the Tomb itself is [[spoiler: built [[spoiler:built inside an oil tanker anchored in the middle of the ocean.]]



** [[spoiler: It's even worse when you learn that the abducted prisoners taken are brainwashed and mutated into new Blacksuits.]]

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** [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's even worse when you learn that the abducted prisoners taken are brainwashed and mutated into new Blacksuits.]]



* In ''Literature/ColdDays'', the fourteenth book of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: Demonreach]] is a prison designed to hold extremely dangerous magical beings and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. How dangerous are these beings? Well, remember the Skinwalker from ''Turn Coat''? the thing that almost drove Harry insane just from Seeing it? [[spoiler: Demonreach has six of them... in the minimum security wing.]]
* In ''Literature/AdventureHunters'' there is an infamous prison reserved for the worst of criminals that is located at the bottom of an ocean. The only way in or out is a ship that leaves once it delivers the newest inmate. [[spoiler: This is the ultmate fate of Ryvas; life imprisonment for breaking the NuclearWeaponsTaboo.]]

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* In ''Literature/ColdDays'', the fourteenth book of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: Demonreach]] [[spoiler:Demonreach]] is a prison designed to hold extremely dangerous magical beings and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. How dangerous are these beings? Well, remember the Skinwalker from ''Turn Coat''? the thing that almost drove Harry insane just from Seeing it? [[spoiler: Demonreach [[spoiler:Demonreach has six of them... in the minimum security wing.]]
* In ''Literature/AdventureHunters'' there is an infamous prison reserved for the worst of criminals that is located at the bottom of an ocean. The only way in or out is a ship that leaves once it delivers the newest inmate. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is the ultmate fate of Ryvas; life imprisonment for breaking the NuclearWeaponsTaboo.]]



* ''{{Literature/Papillon}}'' takes place in the French Guiana PenalColony and after many escape attempts he is eventually shipped off to inescapable Devil's Island. One of the "Islands of Salvation", Devil's Island is notorious for not having any bars or cells--you're welcome to throw yourself into the water since the rocky cliffs and powerful currents make escape all but impossible. [[spoiler: Eventually Papillon and his friend Sylvain create rafts out of sacks of coconuts, find a place where the fall is safest, and learn to identify the brief window of opportunity when the tide surge will take them away from the island rather than slamming them into rocks. They successfully escape]].

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* ''{{Literature/Papillon}}'' takes place in the French Guiana PenalColony and after many escape attempts he is eventually shipped off to inescapable Devil's Island. One of the "Islands of Salvation", Devil's Island is notorious for not having any bars or cells--you're welcome to throw yourself into the water since the rocky cliffs and powerful currents make escape all but impossible. [[spoiler: Eventually [[spoiler:Eventually Papillon and his friend Sylvain create rafts out of sacks of coconuts, find a place where the fall is safest, and learn to identify the brief window of opportunity when the tide surge will take them away from the island rather than slamming them into rocks. They successfully escape]].



* The Pandorica in ''Series/DoctorWho''. A cube a few metres across, stated by the Doctor to contain the most dangerous being in the Universe and to have multiple locks. When the Doctor comes across it it is being unlocked apparently from within, while many powerful species are gathered around it. [[spoiler: When it finally opens, the Pandorica is empty, as it is revealed that the most dangerous being in the Universe is the Doctor himself, who is then imprisoned in it. Rory breaks him out with help from the Doctor's future self.]] Interestingly, despite the claimed security of its locks, they are easily opened by a sonic screwdriver. [[spoiler: It's actually a set up by all of the Doctor's greatest enemies, working together to trap him forever.]]

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* The Pandorica in ''Series/DoctorWho''. A cube a few metres across, stated by the Doctor to contain the most dangerous being in the Universe and to have multiple locks. When the Doctor comes across it it is being unlocked apparently from within, while many powerful species are gathered around it. [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When it finally opens, the Pandorica is empty, as it is revealed that the most dangerous being in the Universe is the Doctor himself, who is then imprisoned in it. Rory breaks him out with help from the Doctor's future self.]] Interestingly, despite the claimed security of its locks, they are easily opened by a sonic screwdriver. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's actually a set up by all of the Doctor's greatest enemies, working together to trap him forever.]]



* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Purgatory -- the island Oliver was stranded on -- used to be a secret prison where the Chinese military kept its most dangerous prisoners. There were no cells or guards, the prisoners were just abandoned on this island in the middle of nowhere and left to fend for themselves. [[spoiler: The Season 2 finale reveals that A.R.G.U.S. has at some point taken control of the island and built actual underground cells.]]

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* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Purgatory -- the island Oliver was stranded on -- used to be a secret prison where the Chinese military kept its most dangerous prisoners. There were no cells or guards, the prisoners were just abandoned on this island in the middle of nowhere and left to fend for themselves. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Season 2 finale reveals that A.R.G.U.S. has at some point taken control of the island and built actual underground cells.]]



** The first of these is the Instanced dungeon known as [[AffectionateParody The Arcatraz]]. It requires a fairly lengthy quest just to get the key to open the place. However, once inside you find out that the warden was enslaved by the monster from the deepest cells and has unleashed everything. The final encounter said warden unleashing five SealedEvilInACan on the party, the fifth one being the monster [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness that kills him right away]]. [[spoiler: Well, he calls down four technically. He builds up the Second to be a SealedEvilInACan , but he turns out to be an InnocentBystander Gnome Mage who'll help you fight after a minute or so. The guy later reappears to be fully evil too.]]

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** The first of these is the Instanced dungeon known as [[AffectionateParody The Arcatraz]]. It requires a fairly lengthy quest just to get the key to open the place. However, once inside you find out that the warden was enslaved by the monster from the deepest cells and has unleashed everything. The final encounter said warden unleashing five SealedEvilInACan on the party, the fifth one being the monster [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness that kills him right away]]. [[spoiler: Well, [[spoiler:Well, he calls down four technically. He builds up the Second to be a SealedEvilInACan , but he turns out to be an InnocentBystander Gnome Mage who'll help you fight after a minute or so. The guy later reappears to be fully evil too.]]



** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' features the Ministry of Truth, which is a small moon floating over the Temple Canton of Vivec City (meaning you have to have some means of flight just to reach the prison). The Temple uses it to imprison dissident priests and religious criminals (the interpretation of this is deliberately vague, and in fact one of the Dissident Priests' charges against the mainstream Temple). You never have to escape from imprisonment in it, but one of the main quests has you break an ally out of it (fortunately, this only requires getting in -- you aren't expected to actually lead your ally out, just hand her a scroll allowing her to teleport away (prisoners have their magic drained and aren't allowed to keep scrolls, and the guards are religious fanatics, thus why this method doesn't work for prisoners without outside aid) and then use another copy of the scroll to follow her). [[spoiler: This can turn the prison into something of a CardboardPrison if you have become the Patriarch of the Temple, as you can simply walk in and ask for keys and directions. There are a few guards that are still hostile, but you are warned about them when you get the keys]].
* ''VideoGame/UltimaV'' takes place after Lord British has been captured by the Shadowlords. So let's see, [[spoiler: they trapped Lord British inside of a mirror inside of a room that's on a ridiculously secure floor at the bottom of a very dangerous dungeon filled with monsters and puzzles, which is filled with barriers that can only be brought down with one of the crown jewels that was taken from him, you can't even set foot in the dungeon without the very last Word of Power which you don't get until all eight Sacred Quests are completed, the Shadowlords themselves show up to defeat the Avatar if he manages to set foot in that dungeon before defeating all three of them, the dungeon entrance itself is cloaked in darkness that can't be penetrated without another of Lord British's crown jewels, the darkness itself is hidden behind lava and mountains that can't be crossed without losing hit points, in a section of an underworld that lies beneath yet another dungeon which is less dangerous, but is also sealed up with yet another Word of Power, and everything that could have gotten Lord British out of there was either taken from him and hidden, or left in his private chambers?]] Yeah, I think it's safe to say the Shadowlords really, really didn't want Lord British to escape.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' features the Ministry of Truth, which is a small moon floating over the Temple Canton of Vivec City (meaning you have to have some means of flight just to reach the prison). The Temple uses it to imprison dissident priests and religious criminals (the interpretation of this is deliberately vague, and in fact one of the Dissident Priests' charges against the mainstream Temple). You never have to escape from imprisonment in it, but one of the main quests has you break an ally out of it (fortunately, this only requires getting in -- you aren't expected to actually lead your ally out, just hand her a scroll allowing her to teleport away (prisoners have their magic drained and aren't allowed to keep scrolls, and the guards are religious fanatics, thus why this method doesn't work for prisoners without outside aid) and then use another copy of the scroll to follow her). [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This can turn the prison into something of a CardboardPrison if you have become the Patriarch of the Temple, as you can simply walk in and ask for keys and directions. There are a few guards that are still hostile, but you are warned about them when you get the keys]].
* ''VideoGame/UltimaV'' takes place after Lord British has been captured by the Shadowlords. So let's see, [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they trapped Lord British inside of a mirror inside of a room that's on a ridiculously secure floor at the bottom of a very dangerous dungeon filled with monsters and puzzles, which is filled with barriers that can only be brought down with one of the crown jewels that was taken from him, you can't even set foot in the dungeon without the very last Word of Power which you don't get until all eight Sacred Quests are completed, the Shadowlords themselves show up to defeat the Avatar if he manages to set foot in that dungeon before defeating all three of them, the dungeon entrance itself is cloaked in darkness that can't be penetrated without another of Lord British's crown jewels, the darkness itself is hidden behind lava and mountains that can't be crossed without losing hit points, in a section of an underworld that lies beneath yet another dungeon which is less dangerous, but is also sealed up with yet another Word of Power, and everything that could have gotten Lord British out of there was either taken from him and hidden, or left in his private chambers?]] Yeah, I think it's safe to say the Shadowlords really, really didn't want Lord British to escape.



* The Wall in ''Fleeing the Complex'' from the ''VideoGame/HenryStickminSeries'' is a prison that is said to contain the most notorious criminals ever. [[spoiler: In the final scene for the Convict Allies ending]], the warden states that there has never been a single incident in the last ''50 years'', and [[spoiler:in the final choice for the Presumed Dead ending]], he says that he is truly impressed by how far Henry managed to get.

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* The Wall in ''Fleeing the Complex'' from the ''VideoGame/HenryStickminSeries'' is a prison that is said to contain the most notorious criminals ever. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the final scene for the Convict Allies ending]], the warden states that there has never been a single incident in the last ''50 years'', and [[spoiler:in the final choice for the Presumed Dead ending]], he says that he is truly impressed by how far Henry managed to get.



*** Roxbury C's [[TemptingFate 'inescapable']] status was, naturally, a lead-up to the inevitable - [[spoiler: there were a million ways to keep prisoners from escaping, but one too few protections against an unauthorized party getting ''in'', as they found out in Ayla and the Birthday Brawl.]]

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*** Roxbury C's [[TemptingFate 'inescapable']] status was, naturally, a lead-up to the inevitable - [[spoiler: there [[spoiler:there were a million ways to keep prisoners from escaping, but one too few protections against an unauthorized party getting ''in'', as they found out in Ayla and the Birthday Brawl.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' has the Cyclonian prison on Terra [[SdrawkcabName Zartacla]]. Since the actual prison complex is surrounded by a dense jungle, escaping the prison proper doesn't mean you're home free. What's more, the warden, Mr. Moss keeps dangerous animals bred for tracking down escapees. And since a 'terra' in WesternAnimation/StormHawks means a tall peak surrounded by a volcanic wasteland, without a pre-arranged ride you'd be out of luck. Aerrow manages to escape, and spends the episode dodging Mr. Moss' forces until his friends [[spoiler: who by this time have freed the ''rest'' of the prison while it was left defenseless because Moss called all of his men on the search.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' has the Cyclonian prison on Terra [[SdrawkcabName Zartacla]]. Since the actual prison complex is surrounded by a dense jungle, escaping the prison proper doesn't mean you're home free. What's more, the warden, Mr. Moss keeps dangerous animals bred for tracking down escapees. And since a 'terra' in WesternAnimation/StormHawks means a tall peak surrounded by a volcanic wasteland, without a pre-arranged ride you'd be out of luck. Aerrow manages to escape, and spends the episode dodging Mr. Moss' forces until his friends [[spoiler: who [[spoiler:who by this time have freed the ''rest'' of the prison while it was left defenseless because Moss called all of his men on the search.]]






30th Oct '17 8:52:51 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Azkaban from Creator/JKRowling's ''Literature/HarryPotter'' combines the "rock in the middle of the sea" with guardian creatures called Dementors who [[EmotionEater suck all happy feelings out of you]], ensuring that prisoners go depressed or insane long before they can escape. It's stated that Azkaban has high iron walls but doesn't need them, since the Dementors make the inmates imprisoned in their own minds. The following people escaped from it.

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* Azkaban from Creator/JKRowling's ''Literature/HarryPotter'' combines the "rock in the middle of the sea" with guardian creatures called Dementors who [[EmotionEater suck all happy feelings out of you]], ensuring that mentally breaking the prisoners go depressed or insane long down down before they can escape. It's stated that Azkaban has high iron walls but doesn't need them, since the Dementors make the imprison inmates imprisoned in their own minds. The Nonetheless, the following people escaped from it. managed to escape:
29th Oct '17 8:01:33 PM darkemyst
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** Sirius Black broke out, because he could transform himself into a dog which has less complicated emotions than a human (and thus couldn't be sensed by the Dementors). He kept himself (more or less) sane by reflecting on [[spoiler:the fact that he had been betrayed]], which was not a happy thought, and therefore could not feed the Dementors.
** Barty Crouch Junior also broke out of Azkaban. In this case, his dying mother switched places with him, and the blind Dementors only sensed one person coming in, one going out.
** The mass breakout in ''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'', happened with the cooperation of the aforementioned guards. It's also implied that there are later breakouts, but that the government tries to cover them up.

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** Sirius Black broke out, out in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', because he could transform himself into a dog which has less complicated emotions than a human (and thus couldn't be sensed by the Dementors). He kept himself (more or less) sane by reflecting on [[spoiler:the fact that he had been betrayed]], which was not a happy thought, and therefore could not feed the Dementors.
Dementors. He remains the only known individual to break out without help.
** Barty Crouch Junior also broke out of Azkaban.Azkaban as revealed in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. In this case, his dying mother switched places with him, and the blind Dementors only sensed one person coming in, one going out.
** The mass breakout in ''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'', ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', happened with the cooperation of the aforementioned guards. It's also implied that there are later breakouts, but that the government tries to cover them up.
25th Oct '17 3:43:55 PM TravisLanceHawkins
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_State_Penitentiary Louisiana State Penitentiary]] (also known as "Angola"), a large [[PrisonersWork prison farm]] in central Louisiana, is literally nicknamed [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Alcatraz of the South."]] Surrounded by the Mississippi River on three sides, and a range of hills on the other, the prison has only seen one successful escape, carried out by five men in December 1956.
26th Sep '17 5:29:44 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** Bartemius "Barty" Crouch, Junior also broke out of Azkaban. In this case, his dying mother switched places with him, and the blind Dementors only sensed one person coming in, one going out.

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** Bartemius "Barty" Crouch, Barty Crouch Junior also broke out of Azkaban. In this case, his dying mother switched places with him, and the blind Dementors only sensed one person coming in, one going out.
17th Sep '17 10:21:25 AM OriCat
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* ''Literature/TheThinkingMachine'': In "The Problem of Cell 13", Van Dusen accepts a challenge to escape from a death row cell in an 'inescapable' prison within a week. He does so in a truly spectacular fashion.

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* ''Literature/TheThinkingMachine'': In "The Problem of Cell 13", Van Dusen accepts a challenge to escape from a death row cell in an 'inescapable' prison within a week. He does so in a truly spectacular fashion.\
* ''Literature/Incarceron'' has only two possible exits, and will kill you itself before you get anywhere near either.
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