CALLS are today being made to stop housing dangerous criminals in open prisons
after a Tyneside killer absconded from jail.
Hardened criminals should never be allowed in open prisons
Time spent in open prisons
affords low risk prisoners the opportunity to find work, re-establish family ties, reintegrate into the community and ensure housing needs are met before their release.
There has been a flurry of controversy over open prisons
after a spate of inmates went on the run.
KILLERS and armed robbers are among the Midland convicts who have vanished after being kept in low-security open prisons
She argued that many women in open prisons
should not be there.
e recent spate of escapes from open prisons
- including violent armed robber "Skull Cracker" Michael Wheatley who absconded from on the Isle of Sheppey for four days, and Anthony Peloe and John Arnold who yesterday ran from orn Cross open prison
in Cheshire - has led Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to look at tightening the rules governing open prisons
A Prison Service statement said: "All those located in open prisons
have been rigorously risk assessed to be deemed suitable for these conditions.
MORE than 50 of Scotland's most dangerous criminals have gone on the run from open prisons
in the past three years, it has been revealed.
On the matter of open prisons
the spokesman added: "The National Offender Management Service will always look to make best use of the open estate to reduce re-offending and protect the public, and so its use is strictly limited to those prisoners who pass the risk assessment, who represent a low risk to the public and of absconding.
He tried to explain that open prisons
have dramatically improved and was insistent that the number of prisoners escaping had fallen, but I would need to see statistical evidence of that.
I think Mr Straw has an issue there and I think there are issues surrounding the sheer competence and control of people in open prisons