It’s always unfortunate when a young person’s life is so out of control that they have to get locked up early. The United States is big on juvenile detention, incarcerating troubled youth. We are the only nation in the world with children serving life sentences. The ones who get caught up in the system early are usually more brazen and audacious than their peers. It is also known that criminals include some very intelligent people. Given that, it should be no shock that 32 kids masterfully pulled off a daring jailbreak late on Monday night.
The jailbreak happened around 11 PM at the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville, TN. The guards at the detention center were changing shifts, so the band of 14 to 17-year-old inmates (three of which are reported to be felons) saw a vulnerable spot. They used the vulnerability to escape to freedom. They got out of their rooms and scooted through a weak spot in the facility’s fence. Communications director for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Rob Johnson stated,“Staffing is lighter during the overnight hours, and so, presumably, they planned for that, but we don’t know quite yet.” He added, “The facility, as I understand, is under control. They’ve brought in extra staff.”
The fugitive pubescents spent a few hours ducking the law, but free. However, by 4AM, 15 of them were caught and returned to the facility. Authorities searched for them on foot with dogs and by helicopter. Eight of the conspirators in “The Great Woodland Hills Jailbreak” are still on the lam.