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Mark Defriest

Filmmaker Says 'Houdini' Escapee's Sentence Is A Case For Prison Reform

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.25.2015 | Crime

Florida's "prison Houdini" Mark DeFriest will finally see freedom decades after his non-violent offense spiraled into a lifetime sentence. DeFries...

Sebastian Murdock

Will 'Houdini Of Prison' Ever Escape Lockup? | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 07.02.2014 | Crime

Mark DeFriest is part MacGyver, part Houdini, and a complete failure at breaking out of prison, even after 13 tries, some of them quite comical. In...

DeFriest: Mental Illness Behind Bars

Gabriel London | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabriel London

DeFriest is one of 200,000 mentally ill prisoners behind bars in America. Like many of them, he has never received treatment, has rarely been medicated and is consistently punished for his symptoms.