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How hard is it to escape from prison?



In the US alone more than 250,000 prisoners have been on the run since 1978 but not all escapes require the same skillset or intelligence.

Most of the cases in America were from state correctional facilities and not high security federal prisons.

Just over 5500 of those cases were from federal prisons which keep criminals convicted of breaching federal law like bank robberies, drug trafficking and hijacking.

That’s because these prisons have high security, including reinforced fencing and a high staff to inmate ratio.

Vocativ news points out that Prison escapes in America had peaked in the year 1994, coincidentally the same year “The Shawshank Redemption” was released.

And in the following years, prison escapes dropped sharply.

But remain a form of popular culture to this day

Talking about famous prison escapes, here’s the story of El Chapo Guzman.

If you’re asking why less and less people are managing to pull off an escape

Well the answer is simple.

It’s only getting harder and sophisticated.

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York



Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video



An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”



Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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