Killers & rapists among 890 lags who walked out Open sea­son for es­capes at hol­i­day camp jails

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - Matthew Davis

Jack­son es­caped last year. Af­ter the 53-year-old was re­cap­tured a few days later, it emerged it was the sec­ond time he had man­aged to ab­scond while serv­ing his sen­tence for killing Gill Evans, 29.

Jack­son, who was jailed for life, also es­caped in 1997, flee­ing the medium-se­cu­rity Ranby Prison in Not­ting­ham. Last Novem­ber, rapist Admi Headley, 34, walked out of Ley­hill prison be­fore be­ing taken in by University of Bris­tol stu­dents who got him to hand him­self in.

Also on the list i s Stand­ford Hill prison, where Michael “Skull Cracker” Wheat­ley, 58, walked out in 2014 and then raided a build­ing s oci­ety. And there were an­other 61 in­mates who es­caped in the last five years af­ter giv­ing es­corts the slip while they were be­ing trans­ported.

The MoJ said: “Ab­sconds have fallen to a record low, down 75 per cent on a decade ago. Pris­on­ers are risk-as­sessed be­fore be­ing moved to open con­di­tions and those who ab­scond are re­turned to closed pris­ons where they serve ad­di­tional time.” OBORE ex eri­uree tum­sandip etuerat. Onul­lumAPRISONERin es­capes from ul­laan open­feu jail­feuev­ery two days, fac­cum­san­dit­shock­fig­ures re­veal. wis­seIn the past tat five years 890 cons, verosto in­clud­ing od mur­der­erstem and rapists, do­lorhave sum slipped a.. out of the “hol­i­day

camp”Nafac­cums­fa­cil­i­ties.anMany sim­ply did dreet,not gov­ullup­tat­back af­teret alis­cil­it­be­ing atletet,out­quisltodo TOP 10 JAILS FOR ES­CAPES ir­ili­quat.aday’sIng­work.eniam in erTh­e­sisi. tal­lyLaatei nf acip­sus­cil­cludes272rob­bers,et dolum233vi­o­lentingexe­rof­fend-sit, sumers,et11aut­sex of­fend­ers and 55 on drugs raps. Some 24 are still at large – and nine have been AWOL four years.

David Spencer, re­search di­rec­tor at t he Cen­tre f or Crime Preven­tion think-tank, said: “This data high­lights the risks open pris­ons pose to the pub­lic. Se­ri­ous, vi­o­lent and sex­ual of­fend­ers should not be con­sid­ered for open prison places.

“It is time the Min­istry of Jus­tice stopped plac­ing dan­ger­ous of­fend­ers in what seem to amount to tax­payer-funded hol­i­day camps.”

Worst- hit was HMP Sud­bury, Der­bys, where mur­derer Dar­ren

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