The arrest rate for juveniles was at all-time highs over the last 20 years, but the amount of arrests began to fall by 65 percent in 2014. Let’s face it, no parent wants their teen to end up in jail. However, in this case, a teen was accidentally locked inside of an abandoned jail cell.
A teen and her friend decided to go on a self-guided tour through an abandoned prison, which has been shut down since 2002. Since this was a spur of the moment venture, the teens snuck into the Joliet Correction Center through a hole in the fence. During the tour, one of the teens voluntarily walked into a jail cell, but the door shut behind her. Both of the teens attempted to open the door themselves, but they were unsuccessful.
Did they call their parents or the police for help?
Since the teens were afraid of getting into any real trouble, they went ahead and Googled the local fire department and communicated with one of the secretaries. The fire department was able to locate the teens, but it was no easy task to free the girl. The firefighters had to break down a brick wall by using a sledgehammer. Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Stromberg said:
“We ended up knocking a hole in a cinder block and she crawled through.”
The police eventually did show up at the abandoned prison and the teens were allegedly charged with trespassing. Hopefully, there was a lesson learned from this since the teen spent a whopping 45 minutes inside of a cell.
If you’re not familiar with the Joliet Correction Center, the prison was the mainstay for FOX’s “Prison Break” and it was also featured on “The Blues Brothers.”
This is not the only time someone accidentally locked themselves in a jail cell. In 2014, a man was at the Cook County Jail to visit his son. While he was there, staff instructed him to “go down the hallway and turn to the right.” He did as he was instructed, but he wound up with the prison cell door being slammed behind him. He was stuck in a cell for 32 hours before he was freed by the Chicago Fire Department.
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