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Two Killers Escape Arkansas Prison

By June 1, 2009

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Two men who were convicted of murder have escaped an Arkansas prison by wearing corrections-officer uniforms which are made at the facility. Jeffrey Grinder (L), 32, and Calvin Adams, 39, escaped from the Cummins Unit prison about 60 miles southeast of Little Rock.

Both men were serving life without parole sentences, officials said. UPDATE: Calvin Adams and Jeffrey Grinder were captured in New York state on June 2, 2009, after a state trooper tried to pull them over for speeding in the same car they used to escape Arkansas prison. The car crashed and the two were captured as they tried to get away on foot.

The two men were caught on video putting on the uniforms in the prison library shortly after the 6 p.m. head count at the facility. About 20 minutes later, they walked out of the prison during a staff shift change.

It was three hours later before they two men were missed. Officials are investigating if the two escapees had help.

Car Waiting for Them

"Someone should have laid eyes on them. That's one of the things we're looking at: How exactly did they get out without someone challenging them?" corrections department spokeswoman Dina Tyler told reporters.

The escapees drove away in a maroon or burgundy, 4-door sedan that had been left for them, investigators said. Both men have family connections in Arkansas and out of state.

Adams was convicted of capital murder in 1995 and Grinder was convicted of murder in 2004.

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June 1, 2009 at 1:02 pm
(1) Robert Barnes says:

Our prison system and correctional officers are really on top of things. Do the officers on duty not know who they work with? Who was watching them on the camera while they got dressed? Must have been the one involved in letting them go. How did a car get dropped in the parking lot and someone not be suspicious. Just another get what you pay for scenario.

June 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm
(2) Ecowater says:

For the most part, our prisons are ran by under-paid, under-qualified correctional officers. I think the highly qualified employees are out numbered and the results are obvious. It is a very difficult job and placing individuals that can be manipulated by the prison population should not be working there. I agree with Mr. Barne’s response.

June 1, 2009 at 9:25 pm
(3) hard says:

These killers think they are quite clever. They will not be loose for a week, and those that abetted in their escape, will soon find, themselves incarcerated/

June 2, 2009 at 4:32 pm
(4) Ms. Cynical says:

They manufacture prison guard uniforms at the prison? That is about the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. They should have the cons make the guns there, too!

Dear Arkansas,
You should have stuck to license plates.

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