Alioune Thioye sent Rikers Island into lockdown when the inmate escaped his cell Friday morning. A “red alert” was triggered by corrections officers after Thioye was spotted in the jailhouse’s parking lot attempting to steal a car.

No other inmates were reported missing, according to The New York Post, and Alioune Thioye was apprehended shortly after being spotted outside of his cell.

“The staff member approached him very assertively, stopped him in his tracks and was able to cuff him right away and take him back in,” said Joseph Russo, president of the Assistant Deputy Wardens Association.

Alioune Thioye, who is being held at Rikers Island on attempted murder charges, was arrested recently on Nov. 2 in the Bronx.

He allegedly escaped around 4:15 a.m. when he slipped out of a window at the Eric M. Taylor Center. He then attempted to break into one of the jailhouse employees’ cars, when a staff member found him and issued the lockdown alert.

“We take all attempts to escape, even when unsuccessful, very seriously,” said a representative from the city’s Department of Correction. “The individual was re-apprehended at approx. 8:50 a.m. at another location on the island.”

The incident at Rikers Island is still under investigation.

On Monday, Spectrum NY1 reported that 573 correction officers resigned amid a severe staffing shortage, and that many staff members were simply not showing up to work without warning.

“The environment is just so dangerous,” one employee told Spectrum NY1. He recently resigned over poor working conditions at Rikers Island despite “making clear over $100,000.”

“I was at top pay already,” he said, though it didn’t stop him from wanting to resign. He said he stopped showing up for work back in April, but that the jailhouse did not accept his resignation until November.

“They will take 10 or 15 of the same gang and put them in a housing area with one officer,” said Albert Craig, a veteran officer who is resigning after 25 years of working at Rikers Island. “How can you maintain control?”

Due to mismanagement and staffing shortages, 14 inmates have died in custody this year. The Board of Correction, who is planning an inspection of the jailhouse, has reportedly yet to visit Rikers. According to the The New York Times, an advocate pleading with the independent Board at a meeting asked them to do their job “before someone [else] dies.”

The Board has not issued a single violation of protocol however, despite clear failures to maintain control.

“You’re the oversight!” yelled Dr. Victoria A. Phillips, an advocate for the Urban Justice Center who was at the most recent Board meeting. “Oversee this work. Make sure it happens. Please do it.”

Jennifer Jones Austin, the board’s chairwoman, allegedly missed four of the meeting’s five-hour event, and defended her actions by saying that the Board of Corrections was voluntary. Austin is leaving the post this year as chairwoman, as well as Margaret Egan, the executive director.

“My service to the board is voluntary,” she said, “and I give many hours beyond the time of board meetings.”

According to The New York Times, the Board was given additional funding by Mayor Bill de Blasio, but for some reason has not acted to investigate the violations and deaths at Rikers.

Chairwoman Jennifer Jones Austin said that the Board conducted an investigation on conditions of the jailhouse during the Covid-19 pandemic, but did not make the report public because it was not complete.

“If you’re going to write about the Department of Correction, and its handling of Covid in the jails, you have to look at several circumstances,” she said. “You have to look at how they’ve handled intake, you have to look at how they’ve handled infection, you have to look at how they handled the quarantine, you have to look at all of the different facets.”

The Board released a statement in September urging the city to “move with urgency to create a safer environment for persons in custody and staff” on Rikers. Advocates said it was “too little, too late.”