Wrongly released prisoners at large

Braintree and Witham Times: Twenty four wrongly released prisoners are still at large, figures show. Twenty four wrongly released prisoners are still at large, figures show.

Nearly one in six prisoners released in error in the last four years are still at large, official figures show.

A total of 148 prisoners have been released in error since May 2010 and 24 have not been put back in jail since, figures released by Justice Minister Jeremy Wright showed.

Most of them (13) were released from category C prisons, while three came from female prisons and eight remained "uncategorised".

Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan, who uncovered the figures using a written parliamentary question, said: "Each week brings more evidence showing David Cameron's justice system is in chaos.

"I'm astounded that 148 criminals have been wrongly released from prison on this Government's watch. But to add insult to injury, 24 of them are still on the run.

"Victims will be insulted that criminals are allowed to waltz out of jail so easily, and continue to live their lives scot free.

"Communities are being put at risk by serious and dangerous criminals walking the streets when they should be safely behind bars.

"How are the British public to trust David Cameron's Government to keep them safe when they are so terrible at the basics like keeping criminals locked up?"

In the year ending September 2013 there were 46 criminals released from jail in error, accounting for 0.06% of all discharges from prison.

Mr Wright said: "Releases in error are taken very seriously and action has been taken to tighten processes and focus managers' attention in this area. Releases in error are infrequent and all incidents are subject to investigation. The majority of prisoners released in error are returned to custody quickly."

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12:21pm Thu 3 Apr 14

ChannelX says...

More evidence of the 'experts' at work.
More evidence of the 'experts' at work. ChannelX
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1:16pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Micke12 says...

What I can not get my head around is that all prisoners have their photo's taken when they arrive at prison, all prisoners are given I.D. cards that they have to use to do most things in the prison, such as getting their weekly canteen allowances and using other facilities such as libraries and education.

There is a photo attached to their prison F1150 custody file and to their personal property card which is used by the prison to ensure that the right property goes to the right prisoner.

With something like 6 different photographs attached to different files, all of which come together at the point of discharge of the prisoner, how could this happen.

If the person does not match the photo of the prisoner, then that should be a heads-up to the reception staff, and last point of confirmation is at the main prison gate where the gate officer is supposed to check the photo against the person being released.

This must, surely, be a systemic failure of prison release procedures by numerous different levels of prisoner management, something that NOMS (National Offender Management Service) should be called upon to answer either by the Justice Secretariat or a committee of MPs in committee.

With this sort of thing happening, how long will it be before a murderer serving a life sentence is released in error and everyone loses track of his location and this results in a murder being committed by the wrongly released prisoner.

For those of you wondering how I am so up to date and knowledgeable about this, it is because I am an ex offender who worked in various parts of the prison system in high risk areas of the system and am a nosey bugger that took in information whilst working in those sections of prison life.
What I can not get my head around is that all prisoners have their photo's taken when they arrive at prison, all prisoners are given I.D. cards that they have to use to do most things in the prison, such as getting their weekly canteen allowances and using other facilities such as libraries and education. There is a photo attached to their prison F1150 custody file and to their personal property card which is used by the prison to ensure that the right property goes to the right prisoner. With something like 6 different photographs attached to different files, all of which come together at the point of discharge of the prisoner, how could this happen. If the person does not match the photo of the prisoner, then that should be a heads-up to the reception staff, and last point of confirmation is at the main prison gate where the gate officer is supposed to check the photo against the person being released. This must, surely, be a systemic failure of prison release procedures by numerous different levels of prisoner management, something that NOMS (National Offender Management Service) should be called upon to answer either by the Justice Secretariat or a committee of MPs in committee. With this sort of thing happening, how long will it be before a murderer serving a life sentence is released in error and everyone loses track of his location and this results in a murder being committed by the wrongly released prisoner. For those of you wondering how I am so up to date and knowledgeable about this, it is because I am an ex offender who worked in various parts of the prison system in high risk areas of the system and am a nosey bugger that took in information whilst working in those sections of prison life. Micke12
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