Two Escaped Prisoners At Large - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Two Escaped Prisoners At Large

Published February 15, 2016

Photos by
Art Bicnick

Two young men have escaped from Sogn prison in South Iceland. Neither are considered particularly dangerous.

Vísir reports that two prisoners escaped from the prison, located near Selfoss, at some point last night. Police have been alerted and are actively searching for the fugitives.

One of the escapees is reportedly one of the prisoners who escaped from Kvíabryggja prison last summer. However, neither of the prisoners, who are both about 20 years old, are considered dangerous. In fact, no decision has yet been made regarding releasing their names and photographs to the general public.

Sogn is not exactly a difficult prison to escape from. It is known as an “open prison” – there are no fences keeping prisoners in, and inmates are simply expected to respect the wishes of prison authorities to stay within the facility and not make a run for it.

Despite this, escapes from Sogn are rare. However, prison breaks in Iceland are generally rare, as there are few places a person can hide from the police once on the outside.

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