Why do Quebec inmates keep flying out of prison? How do you stop them?

Global News

A helicopter lands in a prison courtyard, picks up a trio of alleged gangsters and flies away.

“It seems like it’s out of a movie. It’s very unusual,” said Colin Lobo, head of Lobo Consulting Services Inc., a company that designs and assesses security systems for justice facilities.

Not that unusual: This is the second helicopter jailbreak Quebec has seen in as many years.

In March 2013, two inmates made a similar attempt to escape in Saint-Jérôme Que.

Then, a helicopter pilot was forced at gunpoint to fly to the prison on a Sunday afternoon. Two inmates at the facility, about 60 kilometres from Montreal, climbed a rope ladder into the hovering helicopter and fled.

The two escapees and the two men accused of hijacking the chopper were picked up by police in Mont-Tremblant, about 85 kilometres away, within a few hours of the escape.

In this case, however, the three men who absconded…

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