Four inmates freed from Strangeways by mistake
AN arsonist and a violent criminal are among prisoners wrongly released from Manchester’s infamous Strangeways prison.
It has emerged that four inmates at the high-security jail were let out due to errors in the past four years – and two were never put back behind bars.
The details, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show a prisoner jailed for arson was released in September 2008 and not returned to Strangeways – now known as HMP Manchester – until 13 months later.
In December that year, an inmate inside for breaching bail was wrongly released due to a misfiled warrant.
He was never returned to custody
There were further blunders in 2009 and 2010.
HMP Manchester said a thorough probe had been conducted on each occasion.
A Prison Service spokesman said: “We’ve developed very robust procedures to deal with such situations and the majority of those who are released in error are returned to custody very quickly.”
The prison, with a capacity for over 1,200 inmates, is one of the largest in the country.