Coffee Break: Jail break

Johnny Cash visiting prison
American country singer Johnny Cash (1932 - 2003) and his wife June Carter Cash (1929 - 2003) leave the front gate of Kansas State Prison, circa 1968. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A serial burglar was caught this week after escaping from the Hennepin County jail in downtown Minneapolis.

Early Wednesday morning, he broke an upper floor window of the jail and then ran across the top of a skyway to a parking ramp and somehow ended up in the St. Paul suburb of Little Canada three hours later, where he was arrested by federal authorities.

So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear about prison and jail?

Respond with your song ideas in the comments below.

Have an idea for a Coffee Break topic? Submit your idea for a future theme and browse past Coffee Breaks in our archive. Or, when you register for a Minnesota Public Radio account, you can send requests via Alexa, too Just say "Alexa, ask The Current to play Song by Artist" e.g. "Alexa, ask The Current to play Left of the Dial by The Replacements."

Songs played

Wanda Jackson - Riot In Cell Block 9
The Cloak Ox - Prison
John Prine - Christmas In Prison
Candi Staton - I'm Just A Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin)
The Soggy Bottom Boys - In The Jailhouse Now
The Special AKA - (Free) Nelson Mandela
Was (Not Was) - Dad I'm In Jail
Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
The Pretenders - Back On The Chain Gang


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