Fix the jail be­fore some­one gets hurt

Sunday Territorian - - OPINION -

THE fact that an­other two crims have es­caped from Holtze prison on Fri­day night is un­ac­cept­able. One of them has a his­tory of vi­o­lence. It comes within 24 hours af­ter news broke that an­other crim­i­nal had bro­ken his elec­tronic mon­i­tor­ing de­vice and fled from one of the prison’s low, or no, se­cu­rity cot­tages. This man, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, has a his­tory of sex­ual of­fences.

All of these fugi­tives present an un­ac­cept­able risk to the pub­lic. At time of writ­ing, all three re­mained at large.

All ju­ris­dic­tions have is­sues with es­capes. No state or ter­ri­tory is im­mune to the prob­lem as there has to be some sort of low­er­ing in se­cu­rity as pris­on­ers tran­si­tion to­wards their re­lease. This is un­der­stood and ac­cepted.

But the rate at which crim­i­nals with a dan­ger­ous his­tory are able to walk from the Ter­ri­tory’s most prom­i­nent jail is alarm­ing. If it is due to a lack of fund­ing and re­sources then it is in­cum­bent on the Gun­ner Gov­ern­ment to ad­dress the prob­lem im­me­di­ately. Oth­er­wise, the Ter­ri­tory peo­ple will hold them ac­count­able when an in­no­cent mem­ber of the pub­lic is hurt by a fugi­tive.

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