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Louisiana Uses Web to Locate Prison Escapees.

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections recently launched a Web site that authorities hope will help them find the 47 men and two women fugitives who have escaped from Louisiana prisons and halfway houses. The site begins with the most recently escaped offenders -- for the best chance of capture -- and works back in time.

Of the 49 escapees, the state has workable leads on five, according to Lt. Col. Eric Sivula, who heads the prison agency's three-member fugitive squad based in Baton Rouge. Last month, 11 of the fugitives' photographs and backgrounds were up on the site, which will be limited to those who have escaped from prisons or walked away from halfway houses, not probation or parole violators.

The fugitives date back to 1935, when an inmate escaped from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. The succeeding escapes included one in 1949, four during the 1950s, five from the 1960s, 13 from the 1970s, seven during the 1980s and eight from the 1990s. The Web site is located at: www.corrections.state.la.us/escape es.htm.

Source: NewsFlash -- Associated Press News Reports Web site.
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Author:Harry, Jennifer L.
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Date:Jan 1, 2001
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