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Mark DeFriest was born on 18 August, 1960 in Gadsden County, Florida, United States, is an American criminal.

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Born 18 August 1960
Birthday 18 August
Birthplace Gadsden County, Florida, United States

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In 34 years, he’s collectively spent 27 of them in solitary confinement. Following publicity, he was granted parole. He was released on 5th February 2019, for ten days, being rearrested as he checked into a mental health facility.

Middleton told the Miami Herald “He’s not shanking or stabbing anyone. The reports are for possessing contraband. He’s made his own alcohol. He’s had weapons, usually defensive. He has not hurt people.” In fact, none of the charges against DeFriest involved violence.

In his review of the film Michael O’Sullivan wrote, “London turns the portrait of an escape artist into a powerful indictment of the American prison system, which many reformers, London included, argue merely warehouses the mentally ill.”

“We’re punishing him for being mentally ill. That’s what’s happening here,” Middleton told the Miami Herald in November 2014.

DeFriest’s parole hearing on Nov. 19, 2014 in Tallahassee reduced his potential release date from 2085 to March 2015—an unprecedented reduction of 845 months. A potential release date of March 2015 was established, but DeFriest also has outstanding sentences for marijuana and contraband possession. Today, he is still in prison, having been released briefly on the 5th February 2019, and rearrested on the 15th. See


For the “escape artist,” Florida State Prison’s solitary confinement served as an “escape-proof” cell, one that The Miami Herald reported held the only nonviolent inmate in the solitary confinement ward—one floor above the electric chair. There, prison officials deprived DeFriest of just about everything: books, magazines, radio, TV, windows and sunlight, even water and toiletries for 11 days.


Director Gabriel London picked up DeFriest’s story in 2001 and made the documentary The Mind of Mark DeFriest which showed in theaters and on Showtime.


In 1999 he witnessed the fatal beating of Frank Valdes, convicted for the murder of a correctional officer. DeFriest was a few cells away and confirmed the medical examiner’s conclusion: Valdes was beaten to death. For his protection, DeFriest was transferred to a prison in California.


In 1982 he was transferred to Florida State Prison (FSP), an infamous facility where things only got worse. Ron McAndrew, FSP’s warden from 1996 to 1998, describes the northern Florida prison as “ungovernable” where the correctional officers beat and degraded inmates and even encouraged violence among prisoners. He says correctional officers despised DeFriest, and felt intimidated by his intellect, only making DeFriest’s prison life worse as a prime target for staff and inmates.


DeFriest was close with his father, who encouraged his mechanical abilities, and the two had what filmmaker Gabriel London calls “a mechanical connection.” His father had served in World War II with the OSS, a predecessor to the CIA. This experience likely prompted Mark’s father to teach his son the avoidance tactics, survival, and defense techniques that Mark describes as guerilla warfare. His father died suddenly in 1979, but in his will left his tools to Mark.


Mark DeFriest (born August 18, 1960), known as the Houdini of Florida, is an American prisoner of the United States. In 1978, he was arrested and served a year in prison. In 1980, DeFriest retrieved work tools that his recently deceased father had willed him before the will officially went through probate. This act was considered theft and his stepmother called the police, which led to his arrest. DeFriest was sentenced to four years in prison because he was in possession of firearms which violated his probation. The original four-year sentence has since developed into 34 years for 13 escape attempts—seven of them successful—and hundreds of disciplinary reports for minor infractions. He also picked up an armed robbery charge when he used a gun to steal a car during one escape attempt.