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Jail Break

(Global Times)

10:36, October 31, 2011

This photo showing the Yubei Prison in Henan Province was taken on Friday. Inmate Dong Yunhai escaped from this prison on that day and remains at large.

Walls were never much of an obstacle for Dong Yunhai. For five years prior to being locked away for burglary, the Henan man made his living climbing walls and hopping fences so he could break into people's homes and steal whatever he could. So it wasn't much of a surprise that when Dong decided to escape from Yubei Prison in Henan Province, he turned to the same skill that landed him there in the first place. Dong scaled a seven-meter-high electric fence, and escaped on Friday.

The 23-year-old convicted burglar fled from a maximum-security provincial prison at around 3 am. As of Sunday, he remains at large.

Dong received a 14-year prison sentence when he was 18 for organizing a gang that stole 300,000 yuan ($47,000) in goods. So far over half of the gang members have been released.

Life in prison was harsh for Dong and he did not like it, said Zhang Jiqiu, head of the Quxi village in Henan Province, where Dong's adopted parents and three sisters reside. Dong was spoiled for being the only boy in the adopted family, according to, a national news portal.

The escape came after an inmate in neighboring Hebei Province was recaptured last month after being on the run for 14 days. Wang Zhenqing, a 43-year-old who was sentenced to 10 years in prison last year, made an early-morning escape from Shenzhou Prison.

The Hebei Shenzhou Prison, built in 1970, has the lowest officer-to-inmate ratio in the country and it does not have any surveillance or alarm facilities, the Hebei Daily reported last Thursday. The prison warden was recently fired for neglecting his duties.System holes

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