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State lifts lockdown caused by Hawaii island attempted jailbreak

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The state Department of Public Safety has lifted an emergency lockdown instituted early Saturday morning when four inmates at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center attempted to escape.

The four inmates were arrested on suspicion of attempted escape and criminal property damage.

According to HDPS, the inmates used a piece of furniture to ram open a door in their housing unit. They exited the door but were quickly restrained outside their unit by corrections officers.

HDPS emphasized that the inmates never got outside the facility’s secured perimeter.

No injuries were reported.

Regularly scheduled family visits were canceled for the facility and a lockdown was imposed immediately following the incident.

HCCC is a 226-bed facility located on two sites. The primary facility is situated on three acres in downtown Hilo. HCCC’s reintegration program, Hale Nani is located five miles away in Panaewa.

The lockdown was lifted late Saturday afternoon. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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