Posted May 01, 2018 08:01:08 Inmates at a Virginia prison were told the news they were signing up to live in “a prison on the outside,” but they didn’t realize they were in one.
A video by a prisoner named Tanya McDonough shows inmates standing around her, telling her that she would soon be getting her name on a new release list.
McDonohs mother was among the many women who escaped the Virginia State Penitentiary for life in 1979.
Mcdonohs family, meanwhile, found out about her escape via a letter sent from prison.
In the letter, McDonohes mother wrote that she was “shocked, saddened, and overwhelmed by your sudden and unexpected departure.”
McDonoghs mother, who was sentenced to death for the murders of her husband and two daughters, said she didn-t realize she was being sent a letter when she got it.
“It was a very upsetting thing to receive,” she told USA TODAY.
In McDonoys case, she said the prison staff didn’t inform her until she was told in the mail.
She said prison staff told her she would be able to get out of the prison in about two weeks and they wouldn’t give her the chance to get the paperwork to make the move.
McDonoughs mother said she never heard anything about her daughter’s escape, but she’s hopeful that her daughter will get out soon.
“My heart goes out to her and her family,” she said.
She said she wants McDonoys family to know they’re not alone.
The family is working on a documentary to tell her story, and they’re hoping to get a full transcript and other documents from the prison.
Watch the video below: