PENNINGTON GAP, Va. -

Prison guards will keep a closer eye on two inmates who tried to escape from prison in Lee County, Virginia.

The U.S. Department of Justice told News 5, two prisoners tried to get out of the penitentiary off Hickory Flats Road in Pennington Gap around 7:30 a.m. Friday.

Staff kept the inmates from getting outside the perimeter.

Both inmates will now stay in a special housing unit.

The FBI will also investigate the attempted escape.