Police confirmed that the man is a known offender in the Cook Islands.
Corrective Services staff scoured several areas of Rarotonga, looking for the man, after he absconded on Wednesday morning.
He was on the loose all day, before police finally managed to apprehend him on the Akaoa beachside that night at around 9pm.
He was taken back to the Arorangi Prison; the details of his escape are still unknown.
Teokotai Joseph , the head of Corrective Services, said he was still waiting for the report from the prison. Details would be confirmed when he receives the report.