- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Department of Corrections officials say they are lifting a lockdown that has been in place at prisons across the state since two inmates fled a trasport van two weeks ago.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Rose Bobchak says that visitor hours will resume at all prisons Friday, although some lockdown restrictions will remain in place for the correctional facility in Lea County.

The lockdown has been in place since March 10, the day after two prisoners with violent criminal histories escaped from a transport van that was stopped for gas along a southern New Mexico highway.

The two were apprehended days later in Albuquerque.

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