With the recent excitement about the escape of Texas prisoner Robert Yancy, Jr and the salacious details of his mother aiding and abetting--it's easy enough to wonder just how often these prison breaks happen.

The answer isn't exactly as simple or easy to come by, surprisingly enough.

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At the time of this writing, I am unaware of any central database available to the public that can give insight as to the data around inmates who abscond from confinement. And to complicate things, I found that each facility has its own unique way of record-keeping and do not necessarily communicate with each other about things like escapes by inmates.

As a result, I've manually cobbled together a list of federal inmates who have managed to pull a Houdini act from behind bars within the past few years.

A List of Federal Inmates Who Successfully Escaped (For Now)

The good news is that there's not many escapees who can successfully pull off their Great Escape. The not-so-good news is that an overwhelming majority of these escapes seem to happen at a facility's satellite camp.

These are minimum-security facilities that house low-risk offenders in an environment that typically lacks perimeters. While these camps have been shown to work, I can't help but cast a skeptical eye.

With the shortage of federal employees, there is no way these camps are adequately supervised--and the list of escaped inmates below may just be proof of that.

The following list is far from comprehensive, but it's sure as heck accurate. I know, I checked each name through a search on the BOP's handy inmate locator.

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