In the middle of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island seemed the perfect place for the "escape proof" prison. It was considered the most secure penitentiary in 1934 until it closed in 1962. All 36 escapees were caught or killed, except the three who attempted escape on June 11, 1962. Their fate remains a mystery.
Authorities in Detroit are searching for Rocky Marquez, 34, who has escaped from prison by switching identity wristbands with a prisoner scheduled to be released on bond. On January 20, 2013, Marquez reportedly walked right out the front door of the Wayne County jail. Nobody noticed that he was missing for five days.
On December 13, a group of infamous inmates known as the Texas Seven staged a brazen, commando-like prison break, a breakout that was orchestrated with such military precision and efficiency, some would say, must have taken a year or longer in the planning.