Fix the jail before someone gets hurt
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.