10 Most Insane Prison Breaks Of All Time

These make Michael Scofield look like an amateur.

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From Michael Scofield's sophisticated schemes to Andy Dufresne's harrowing sewage-pipe crawl, there's something about prison breaks that captures the imagination, especially when the escape is particularly daring or clever.

Both Scofield and Dufresne's flights to freedom involved layered plots that required a measure of disbelief suspension from the audience, but they're nothing compared to some of the crazy jailbreaks that have happened in real life.

When thousands of often desperate people are shut away together with tonnes of free time, they come up with creative ways to solve the problem of their incarceration, and that rarely involves knuckling down and engaging in good behaviour.

In the case of Dufresne, the audience rooted for the Shawshank escapee because he was wrongfully imprisoned, but in real life, most prison breaks are disquieting. The thought of a potentially dangerous felon with enough nous to outsmart the authorities being at large is enough to send waves of panic across a community.

This mix of emotions jailbreaks can inspire is no doubt why they've proven such fertile ground for Hollywood over the years, but the most far-fetched escapes you've seen on the big and small screen are nothing compared to some of the insane breakouts that have happened at prisons across the world.

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