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Inmates Escape From Dedham Jail

April 8, 1989

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) _ Thirteen prisoners broke out of the Norfolk County House of Corrections sometime Friday evening, state police said.

State and local police and sheriff’s deputies using helicopters and dogs converged on the area to begin a search.

State police Sgt. Peter Quinn said the inmates were discovered missing during a 9:30 p.m. head count and may have escaped around 8 p.m. He said the inmates are believed to have escaped by cutting through a jailhouse wall.

Dedham jail officials would only confirm that there had been a jailbreak and repeatedly hung up when asked further questions.

State police said that the inmates were clad in green prison garb.

WNEV-TV also reported that the inmates may be headed for Boston and may have split up into small groups, making it more difficult for authorities to track them down.

The Dedham jail is one of the most overcrowded prisons in the state. It was the scene of a disturbance on Feb. 8 when a fight broke out in the recreation room.

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