Escape of Prisoners

Escape of Prisoners in Europe

Facilitating Escape of Prisoners in Germany

Provisions relating to facilitating escape of prisoners in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Six, under the heading “Resistance Against State Authority,” located in Section 120 Facilitating escape of prisoners, which reads: (1) Whosoever frees a prisoner, or encourages him to or supports him in the escape, shall be liable to imprisonment of not more than three years or a fine. (2) If the offender is under a duty as a public official or a person entrusted with special public service functions to prevent the escape of the prisoner the penalty shall be imprisonment of not more than five years or a fine. (3) The attempt shall be punishable. (4) A person otherwise in detention in an institution upon order of a public authority shall be equivalent to a prisoner within the meaning of subsections (1) and (2) above.



  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to facilitating escape of prisoners is current as of 2010

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