Escape by 3 Foiled At L.I. Prison

Guards at the Long Island State Correctional Facility foiled an escape on February 14, 1984 by three inmates, one of whom plunged 45 feet to the ground when a rope made of bed sheets and blankets broke, officials said.

The injured inmate, 25-year-old James A. Duffin, was reported in critical condition at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.

The two other prisoners made it to the ground but were captured about 200 feet away from the building, said Lou Ganim, a spokesman for the State Department of Correctional Services.

He said guards had noticed the makeshift rope hanging from a seventh-floor window shortly after 5 A.M. The three inmates were awaiting court appearances in New York City, Mr. Ganim said.

They were among about 200 prisoners lodged by court order at the 1,000-bed facility since last fall to relieve overcrowding in New York City jails. Two prisoners were killed there in separate brawls early Saturday.

Based on the NYTimes article