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Send us a postcard 2.

Offender 1 has been convicted for a series of serious offences. He is classed as what we would called a nominal. He is a prolific and priority offender. He has warning signals for weapons (that means he usually carries a knife or other weapon) violence (that means he is violent and will use any level of violence he thinks is likely to prevent his arrest) and fails to appear (that means he will not appear at court on dates when he is due to attend).

Because of these points, there will always be a fight to arrest him, we will have to be careful because of the risk of injury which is, in his view, a deterrent, also we will ask for a remand in custody if he is charged because of his fail to attend history.

He also has an extensive history of substantial convictions from House burglaries, robberies, aggravated vehicle takings, pursuits with Police vehicles in which he has deliberately rammed Police vehicles and assaults on Police officers to try to prevent his lawful arrest.

Offender 2 has got a life sentence for the murder of a ‘friend’ who he stabbed an astonishing amount of times because he upset him. Offender 2 has shown disturbing personality traits, aggression towards other inmates and prison staff and failed to cooperate with treatment designed to ‘help’ him.

These are, no doubt, like many many others who are either convicted and sent to, or moved to because of overcrowding, from normal secure prisons to what is laughingly called an open prison. Not exactly Butlins, but there is normally a security guard behind a barrier to check you when you go in. How reassuring. I wonder if any actually leave the ‘security’ of the prison to go out daily to work in the community ?

Is it any wonder that should these offenders be transferred to such an open prison, decide that they have had enough and want to walk out and make themselves simply absconders, there is just a little bit of something that is not right there ? 

They are not exactly enemies of the state, only absconders. Now doesn’t that just make you feel good about the decisions of people who claim to know a great deal about protecting the public.

I’m sure that even incarcerated offenders have rights to be upheld and protected, just like everyone else. Probably more machinery is in place to ensure that these rights are protected and even the most minute thought of a breach is challenged. How reassuring.

These open prison absconders seem to pop up with a monotonous regularity, the public are actively encouraged NOT to approach them so is there a big doubt of why they should be very loosely incarcerated within such a place as an open prison ?

Next one out, send us a post card.


3 Responses

  1. There are a number of high-profile cases where people have walked out of these places and committed crimes, then returned at night again in recent memory alone.

    The government just finger-points at the “open prison” as being at fault and did the usual arse-covering exercise that made no real difference whatsoever.

    I do wonder when the public will cotton on to the fact that a square pet is not going to fit in a round hole!

  2. whats the point of open prisons, its just another soft and fluffy option in this crumbling spineless country. Prison should be bars and hardwork not open and ps2s to play on!!!!!!!!!

  3. @binarysurfer – animal cruelty is taken very seriously you know 🙂

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