Assisting escape is a federal crime. Helping prisoner escape custody is an offense under the federal law. Pursuant to Section 752 under Title 18 of the United States Code Service, whoever rescues or attempts to rescue or instigates, aids, or assists the escape, or attempt to escape, of any person arrested upon a warrant or other process issued under any law of the United States, shall be fined or imprisoned not more than five years, or both, provided that the custody or confinement is an arrest on a charge of felony, or conviction of any offense. If the custody is for extradition, or for exclusion proceedings under the immigrations laws, or of an arrest or charge of or for a misdemeanor, and prior to conviction, shall be fined or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
Also, any individaul who rescues or attempts to rescue or instigates, aids, or assists the escape or attempted escape of any person in the custody of the Attorney General or his authorized representative, shall be fined or imprisoned not more than one year or both if the custody is a lawful arrest for a violation of any law not punishable by death or life imprisonment and committed before the eighteenth birthday of such individual or of a commitment as a juvenile delinquent.