Elaborate jailbreak sparks N.J. manhunt

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities are reviewing security at the Union County jail in New Jersey as the hunt continues for two escaped inmates.

The inmates broke out Saturday from what was supposed to be the most secure area of the facility. One was awaiting sentencing for manslaughter; the other was facing robbery and other charges.

Police say the inmates, who were neighbors, removed cement blocks from two walls, squeezed through the openings, jumped to a rooftop below and then made it over a 25-foot-high fence.

Authorities say the men helped cover up the break by placing dummies under their bed blankets, and hiding the wall holes with magazine photos of women in bikinis.

In addition to reviewing security measures, officials have barred inmates from pinning up pictures from magazines on their cell walls.

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