A massive manhunt was launched on Sunday in Ecuador as police combed the capital Quito in search of 55 escaped prisoners.
The authorities claim the breakout from the overcrowded jail was aided by prison guards.
The detainees are said to have got out during visiting hours, running into a busy market.
Twenty escapees have been recaptured.
The prison in Quito has a capacity of 300 inmates but currently houses around 1,500 prisoners.