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* "Fish In The Jailhouse" by Music/TomWaits is about a prison inmate boasting that he can easily pick a lock with a fishbone. The chorus of the song goes:
-->They're serving fish in the jailhouse tonight\\
Oh boy, alright


* Pablo Escobar created the very prison he was sent to. He was still able to execute his enemies and commit drug trafficking deals. Many civilians claimed to have witnessed him in public while he was "in prison". Soon government troops raided the prison and faced a significant cartel force shooting back at them while Pablo escaped his "prison".

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* Pablo Escobar UsefulNotes/PabloEscobar [[LuxuryPrisonSuite created the very prison he was sent to.to]]. He was still able to execute his enemies and commit drug trafficking deals. Many civilians claimed to have witnessed him in public while he was "in prison". Soon government troops raided the prison and faced a significant cartel force shooting back at them while Pablo escaped his "prison".

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* In ''Webcomic/MonsterPulse'', Lulenski brings four kids to [=SHELL=] and injects them with the chemical that causes an organ to become an independent, animate "monster." One of them gains a monster from her spine, and she's convinced that it's going to try and kill her in her sleep... so she keeps it behind a baby gate. One of the other kids points out that htis is unlikely to be much help should it actually try anything.

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* The ''Literature/SpySchool'' series plays with this. Some captured villains remain in jail but [[spoiler: Murray Hill]] escapes custody no less than three times although the first two times he had lots of help from members of Spyder outside of prison, and the third time, he'd been taken out of jail by the heroes to help track down SPYDER's leaders

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* The {{Superman}} novel ''Miracle Monday'' has Jimmy Olsen save time by reporting a prison break by Lex Luthor before he had actually carried it out. Olsen's article recalls an occasion where Luthor broke out of prison then broke back in again to retrieve something he had accidentally left behind.


Perhaps a necessity in stories which feature a RoguesGallery, since you need to find a way to keep bringing them back but have the heroes seem somewhat effectual. This was particularly true in comics in the days when UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode held sway -- the villain had to be clearly defeated at the end of each and every appearance, requiring an escape from either incarceration or [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat apparent death]] before he could show up to vex the heroes again.

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Perhaps a necessity in stories which feature a RoguesGallery, since you need to find a way to keep bringing them back but have the heroes seem somewhat effectual. This was particularly true in comics in the days when UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode held sway -- the villain had to be clearly defeated at the end of each and every appearance, requiring an escape from either incarceration or [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat apparent death]] before he could show up to vex the heroes again.



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** In the eighth season finale, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E5TheDaemons "The Dæmons"]], the Master is finally caught by [=UNIT=]. They make a big deal about how this evil-doer has finally been caught, and led away in handcuffs. Three adventures into Season 9, the only reason he's still in the prison is that he's taken it over and turned it into his secret base.

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** In the eighth season Season 8 finale, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E5TheDaemons "The Dæmons"]], the Master is finally caught by [=UNIT=].UNIT. They make a big deal about how this evil-doer has finally been caught, and led away in handcuffs. Three adventures into Season 9, the only reason he's still in the prison is that he's taken it over and turned it into his secret base.



*** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]], she picks up one of the security phones and tells them to turn the alarms off, because she's breaking back ''in'' this time. So they do. [[RefugeInAudacity Then she orders breakfast]].

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*** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]], she picks up one of the security phones and tells them to turn the alarms off, because she's breaking back ''in'' this time. So they do. [[RefugeInAudacity Then she orders breakfast]].breakfast.]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang "The Big Bang"]]: The Pandorica is a complicated example. It's vaunted as a TailorMadePrison for the most dangerous being in the entire universe, but it's very easy to open with the sonic screwdriver, with the Doctor stating that anyone can break into a prison, it's ''getting out'' that's difficult. Indeed, everyone imprisoned inside the Pandorica requires outside assistance to escape.



* ''Series/TheWire'' sees Bodie easily escape a boys' village home.

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* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge''. [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/031007c George can break the Author out with no trouble at all.]]

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* Of course, you yourself can invoke this trope. [[ExactWords Just make a prison out of a cardboard box...]] and see how long it takes for someone or something to get out.

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* On ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'', Hiram Lodge is shown easily pulling strings in prison to the point of guards reporting to him. When Veronica returns home, she's shocked to find Hiram sitting in her room and sipping wine.
-->'''Hiram''': Honey, I own that prison, I can come and go as I please.


** Even the much LighterAndSofter campy 60's version of ''Series/{{Batman}}'' showed how poor Gotham corrections could be at times. At the beginning of one episode, King Tut was being examined by a doctor at the psychiatric ward where he was being held, who fell asleep while the villain was talking to him. When Tut noticed, he was simply able to walk away.

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** Even the much LighterAndSofter campy 60's version of ''Series/{{Batman}}'' ''Series/Batman1966'' showed how poor Gotham corrections could be at times. At the beginning of one episode, King Tut was being examined by a doctor at the psychiatric ward where he was being held, who fell asleep while the villain was talking to him. When Tut noticed, he was simply able to walk away.

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** In ''ComicBook/{{Harleen}}'', Harvey Dent knows of Arkham's cardboard status and tries to bully Doctor Harleen Quinzel into abandoning her research, reasoning that it would mean more criminals [[InsanityDefense sent to Arkham]] who would otherwise have gone to Blackgate, which he thinks is more secure.

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* ''Series/{{Pennyworth}}'': Newgate Prison ends up serving as this for Alfred due to his complicated relationship with the British government. They toss him in for life without trial, and a day later ([[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome by which point he's taken over the convict population]]) they're letting him go with all charges cleared because they have more DirtyBusiness they need him to take care of for them.


* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Azkaban devolves into this. Whereas in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban book three]] it is said that Sirius Black is the first to ever escape from Azkaban, in the very [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire next book]] it is discovered that Barty Crouch Jr. had been snuck out some time ago (granted by a very powerful and skilled Auror), and in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix book 5]] everyone gets out when the dementors switch sides.

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* ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel:'' SHIELD try to keep superpowered villains (and the occasional hero) locked up in the Triskelion. However, basically, if any supervillain wants to escape the Triskelion, they will. And then get locked up in the exact same cell they busted out of without anyone taking any steps to stop them doing the exact same thing ''all over again''.


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* ''Franchise/IncredibleHulk:'' During the early issues of Jeph Loeb's ''Hulk'', Bruce Banner was imprisoned in a tiny underground cell, which was designed to gas him if he touched the windows. After a few issues, he winds up touching the glass (banging for help when a nearby fight causes an earthquake), and as the gas is activated asks whoever might be listening if they really thought he couldn't just hold his breath, as he starts to [[HulkingOut turn green]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'' episode "The Prism of Zenda", Cyril and the pigs get arrested for breaking into Mr. Knox's mansion and attempting to steal the eponymous prism, although the whole incident was actually one big misunderstanding (long story). After Cyril and the pigs get jailed, Cedric states that once Mr. Knox clears things up, Cyril and the pigs should be out within a few days.

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* In ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', you’re thrown into a basement prison if one of the Edisons catches you. However, a brick can be pushed by one of your party members, allowing a second to walk free. A key that unlocks the basement door can also be found, allowing any of the characters to escape.

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