A DOZEN YEARS OF ESCAPE DATA FROM NEW YORK STATE
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The recent prison break in upstate New York got us wondering how long prison escapes tend to last. We found some data on prison escapes in New York State. See the dot plot above.
We then found a table in the Atlantic on perhaps more skillful inmates who managed to stay on the run a bit longer, though 80% of them were back in prison inside a week.
The upshot from both analyses is the same: if you escape from prison, you’re probably going to be re-captured within a day.
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