Six reasons why our prison system is broken


First published in the East Anglian Daily Times on October 14, 2016.

FEARS elements of our prison system are not working have been sparked after yet another criminal escaped from Hollesley Bay on Wednesday.

A prisoner serving an indeterminate sentence for slashing someone’s neck is among a number of high-profile criminals to abscond from the open prison this year – raising concerns over the safety of Suffolk residents.

Latest absconder Stuart Guildea is serving a 12-year sentence for burglary, robbery and theft at the Category C institution.

Dubbed a “career criminal” by Judge Philip Bartle QC at his sentencing at Luton Crown Court in 2014, the 36-year-old is now on the loose with police warning the public not to approach him.

Guildea had been released from his last prison sentence just 11 days before joining a robbery gang which targeted Co-op stores and Ladbrokes betting shops in the Luton area.

Continue reading (via East Anglian Daily Times)

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