My Comments on the Halloween Cheshire Prison Escape

November 2, 2018

(In the attached Hartford Courant front page story, I express my concern about the security of the Cheshire Correctional Institution and the safety of the community.  This inmate escaped during peak trick-or-treating time on Halloween. Please read and share the article and send me your comments at – thank you.)

Upset about a breakup with his girlfriend, officials say Luis Clarke scaled a razor-wire fence at Cheshire Correctional Institution Wednesday night before stealing a pizza delivery car nearby in a brazen hourslong escape.

A fugitive investigations team tracked Clarke, who suffered multiple cuts from the fence, to Meriden about three hours after the escape, when he tried to get into an Uber car he ordered through the delivery driver’s phone, Department of Correction Commissioner Scott Semple said.

“I was extremely concerned with the timing of this [escape] being Halloween, there were a lot of children out and things of that nature,” Semple said.

Wednesday’s escape sparked a probe into security at the facility and one legislator said he intends to meet with the warden to discuss what happened.

DOC plans to conduct a review of Clarke’s escape.

State Sen. Len Suzio, R-Meriden, whose district includes parts of Cheshire, said Thursday that he plans to meet with the warden and visit the facility.

“I am concerned about the security of the prison and the safety of the community.”

Wednesday’s escape was the second from a state prison this year.