A violent inmate who allegedly escaped from Risdon Prison on Monday was apprehended by police one kilometre from the jail.
Graham John Enniss, 38 from Smithton, was spotted by police in bushland near the prison just over 24 hours after he allegedly escaped from Risdon's minimum security wing.
Tasmania Police Acting Commander Jason Elmer said it was too soon to say if anyone had aided Enniss during or after the escape.
"I don't have any information at this point in time that would suggest anyone else was involved," Acting Commander Elmer said.
"Obviously, there will be an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the escape."
Acting Commander Elmer said the details of the alleged escape were a matter for the prison.
After being interviewed by police on Tuesday, Enniss was charged with escape from lawful custody, destroying property, burglary and stealing.
In a statement, police said it will be alleged during his escape Enniss committed a burglary of premises in Risdon Vale where he stole supplies, including food, clothing and equipment.
Enniss will appear in court on these charges at a later date and was returned to the custody of the prison service.
Acting Commander Elmer said Enniss was spotted by police in Risdon Vale, near Downhams Road, at 11.40am on Tuesday.
"We deployed a number of resources in and around the immediate area where he was last seen, knowing he would probably head into bush area and try and remain unseen for a period of time," Acting Commander Elmer said.
"We maintained those resources there overnight thinking that at some stage he would make an attempt to leave the area.
"We utilised the police helicopter once he had been located.
"We had a significant number of police resources and as a result we were able to quickly saturate the area.
"At its height yesterday there would have been 35 to 40 police officers involved. At the time he was captured today, we still had in excess of 20 police officers still in the area."
Acting Commander Elmer thanked the public for their patience and understanding during the manhunt.
"Clearly the assistance we have been given has aided in his capture today," he said.
Corrections Minister Elise Archer said a full and thorough investigation into the escape was already underway and she would consider all recommendations.
"Yesterday, I immediately requested a full review of prisoner classifications," Ms Archer said.
Labor leader Rebecca White in Parliament asked how the government could stand by its tough on crime mantra when an inmate could escape from prison with such ease.
"The community is not feeling safe under your government," she said.
"They are feeling scared."