10:12 Wednesday 04 December 2013

Prison to be reviewed over absconders record

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

AN investigation into how an open prison in South Derbyshire is being run has been launched.

Sudbury Prison is currently under review due to the alarming amount of prisoners who have absconded in recent months.

The prison’s record for absconders has led to major criticism and Government chiefs will now weigh up whether stricter measures should be imposed in a bid to halt escapes.

Only last week it was revealed that six people who had fled the prison in recent months remain at large, while four inmates absconded in the space of two days last month.

Sudbury Prison houses inmates nearing the end of their sentences, who are gradually reintroduced into society, but Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths said he was not satisfied that necessary precautions were being taken about the types of offenders being moved to the prison.

Mr Griffiths demanded an investigation following a shocking incident earlier this year when violent offender David Curwin carried out a string of armed raids on banks and betting shops in London after absconding from Sudbury Prison.

Mr Griffiths said: “There is now a worrying pattern of absconding from Sudbury.

“I believe that the prisoners are being moved to Sudbury too early in their sentences, and that too many are escaping as a result.

“I think the management at Sudbury need to take a long hard look at the type of prisoner they are housing, in order to ensure they are not subjecting those living around the prison to unnecessary risk.”

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