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7- time escapee returns to Colorado's 'inescapable' prison

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KUSA - Colorado's most prolific prison escapee, Douglas Alward, is back in the same prison that he escaped more than three years ago, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections.

"Maybe these people have learned their lesson and will do better in round 2 (or round 8.) I doubt it," wrote Douglas Alward, referring to DOC, in a letter to 9Wants to Know.

Alward questions the decision to send him back to Sterling. Alward was transferred from the Colorado State Penitentiary on Dec. 16, 2013, and into the highest secured area of Sterling known as administrative segregation.

"I know a lot more about their security procedures including those implemented after I escaped," Alward wrote.

Alward claims he has had access to Sterling operational memoranda during his court proceedings.

DOC spokesman Roger Hudson says prisoners are moved frequently.

It was Aug. 22, 2010, when Alward climbed out of his cell at the Sterling Correction Facility and climbed over three fences, including the lethally electric "kill fence" that surrounds the prison.

Alward described to 9Wants to Know in 2010 how he spent two years planning his escape and used ventilation pipes to build a ladder.

"The only thing keeping potential escapees inside the fence is ignorant fear of electricity," Alward said.

Using discarded shipping boxes and a plastic shower curtain, Alward made a device which he attached to the wire.

"I built an insulator to protect myself from the conductor," Alward said. "It's the same thing as when you grab a cord to unplug. You're protected from the conductor by the insulator, and that's exactly what I did."

Alward spent three days eluding search teams before surrendering inside the home of Liz Reynolds in Yuma County. It was Alward's seventh escape from prison. He has previously escaped from the Buena Vista Correctional Facility and Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility as well as the Freemont County Jail.

In addition to his previous 10 sentences dating back to 1979, Alward was sentenced in 2012 to 30 more years after pleading guilty to first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping. He will serve his sentences consecutively and is eligible for parole in 2030.

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