2 escape from private prison in Perry County

Published 11:48 am Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Authorities are searching for two state prisoners who have escaped from a private prison in Perry County.

The men, 26-year-old Joshua Southwick and 22-year-old Ashton Mink, escaped on Monday.

Southwick was serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to a 2003 murder-for-hire case in Limestone County and Mink was serving time for an attempted murder conviction in Madison County in 2005. He is not scheduled for release until 2028.

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The Alabama Department of Corrections leases bed space from the private facility.