Otago Daily Times

Eleven prison escapes


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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