In the classic 1994 film Shawshank Redemption, the protagonist Andy Dufresne crawls through a 500-yard-long tunnel filled with human waste all the way to his freedom. José Luis Callisaya Diaz (aka El Araña), a real-life convicted murderer, may or may not have seen the award-winning movie, but his outlandish escape plan didn't deliver the "Hollywood" ending that he likely envisioned. José was serving a 15-year sentence at the San Pedro de Chonchocoro Penitentiary when he decided to temp fate with an interesting plan for a prison break. The inmate crafted a plan to crawl his way out of the prison and the surrounding grassy area while dressed as a sheep, under the cover of the night sky. It nearly worked. Jose wasn't discovered until he recognized outside of the prison gates, lying in a field of grass with his sheep costume on and a pair of blue jeans. The captor is expected to face new charges in the wake of the failed escape attempt. News of the uncanny story behind José's capture has since made headlines in Bolivia and across the globe.
"We inform the Bolivian population that prison security police officers from the San Pedro de Chonchocoro Penitentiary Center prevented the escape of prisoner José Luis Callisaya Diaz (alias El Araña), who took advantage of the inclement weather to try to flee through one of the walls of the external perimeter of the prison,” said Juan Carlos Limpias, who currently serves as the Director of the Penitentiary Regime.
The San Pedro de Chonchocoro Penitentiary operates in a manner far different from prisons in the U.S. In this center, in particular, the inmates are tasked with maintaining order themselves, which includes securing their own apartments within the facility. It's a self-functioning society. The only prison guards that an inmate would likely encounter are stationed outside of the penitentiary.