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According to an article in The Tennessean, several juveniles being held in the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville, Tennessee escaped from their bedrooms in the middle of the night on May 7, 2014. The children made it to the outdoor courtyard on the detention center’s campus, but they were caught before they actually left the grounds.
The spokesperson for the Center said, “The kids for a while were running around in the yard, but there was nowhere to go.”
When it was realized that the children were not in their beds, on-duty employees called the police, who were on guard outside of the Center’s property. Eventually, employees were able to convince the boys to return to the facility. They returned around 6:00 a.m., after the 4:00 a.m. escape.
There were no injuries incurred or weapons used, to anyone’s knowledge at this point. The children escaped through windows that they had broken in their individual bedroom doors.
This news article prompted the research of other juveniles attempting to escape from juvenile detention facilities. Unfortunately, it is not all that rare that juveniles are able to (at least to some extent) leave their room and attempt escape.
The following are more examples of recent attempted escapes: