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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

"Weighing the Pros and Cons for 2 Escaped Convicts to Remain Partners in Crime"

The article is at The New York Times:

Law enforcement officials well versed in prison breaks and manhunts considered the pros and cons of two escapees sticking together on the run.

“It’s harder to hide two people,” said Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb of Cattaraugus County, N.Y., whose office has participated in past manhunts. “It’s harder to conceal two people. It’s harder to feed two people.”

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But there are advantages, beginning with the ability to sleep in shifts.

“There’s the old adage that there’s strength in numbers,” said John F. Clark, a retired chief inspector with the United States Marshals Service. “They can watch each other’s backs. If they decide they want to do a robbery, a carjacking, whatever that may be to further their flight, two of them are stronger, more intimidating, than just one.”

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