Otago Daily Times

Eleven prison es­capes

- Prison · Crime

Un­der the head­ing of “Es­capes”, the fol­low­ing pas­sage ap­pears in the Pris­ons Re­port for the past year: ‘‘The num­ber of es­capes (11) was greater than usual, but all but two of them were from par­ties work­ing in the open. In this con­nec­tion it must be re­mem­bered that un­der the present sys­tem by far the larger pro­por­tion of our prison pop­u­la­tion is em­ployed on farm work or un­der sim­i­lar semi­free con­di­tions. In fact, a par­tial “hon­our sys­tem” is fol­lowed in re­gard to those pris­on­ers whose es­cape would not be a men­ace to

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