Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Escaping from an Oxymoron

4,000 walk out of open prisons in five years
By John Steele
(Filed: 07/08/2006)

More than 4,000 prisoners have absconded from open prisons in England and Wales in the past five years, the Home Office has admitted.
In response to a parliamentary question from David Davis, the shadow home secretary, it said that 4,307 prisoners unlawfully left the 13 open prisons, including 693 in the year 2005-06.
Recent Prison Service figures showed that offenders had been absconding from Leyhill Open Prison, Glos, at the rate of almost two a week for three years. They were mainly robbery and burglary offenders but 22 murderers and seven rapists have fled Leyhill since 1999.
Daily Telegraph


Blogger gazza27 said...

4000 is a lot,i'm getting the fealing that open prison's dont really work?

8:48 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

At least if you're a guard and you get cheesed off you can walk out as easily as anyone else!

12:34 PM  

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