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Surveillance video shows jail-break

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WHITE COUNTY, Ill. -- Newly released video shows the moments three White County Jail inmates escaped.

The sheriff released the video Tuesday, nearly a month after the jail-break and nearly a week after authorities finally captured all three men.

In the video, you can see the inmates escaping from the jail just after 3 a.m. on June 16th. The hole in the brick wall where they escaped from, is just out of view but the video shows the first inmate walks towards the alley, followed by the two other inmates who run to the alley.

Corrections officers didn't notice the men were missing until two and half hours later. The Sheriff explained that the hole in the wall was hard to see and hidden by their bunks. 

The Sheriff spoke at the county board meeting Monday and explained updates have been made to the jail. They've filled every cinder block with concrete and put in rebar, lined the outside of the jail with a ten foot fence lined with razor wire, and rearranged the cells to make them more visible to corrections officers. 

Justin Bray was taken into custody within 24 hours of breaking out. Zachery Shock and Johnny Tipton were arrested after three weeks on the run. The sheriff says Shock and Tipton were living in the woods and along the riverbanks, and did not put up any resistance when authorities found them. 

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