Killer, Rapist & Arsonist among 77 who have never recaptured

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A killer, a rapist on a life sentence and an arsonist who may never be released from prison are among the 77 prisoners who have escaped in the last ten years without being recaptured, it has been revealed.

International drugs traffickers and firearms owners sentenced to life are also among the absconded prisoners who escaped between April 2004 and March 2014 and remain unlawfully at large, the Ministry of Justice data showed.

Justice Minister Simon Hughes, who released the list, said the number of escapes has reduced by 80% over the last ten years.

Mr Hughes said he was unable to release the names of the escaped prisoners without first performing checks to make sure that disclosure would not place anyone in danger and to ensure that any victim has already been informed of both the abscond and release of the name.

He said checks also needed to be carried out to make sure releasing names would not jeopardise police recapture operations.

Among the most serious offenders on the list are a rapist on a life sentence, an arsonist with an indeterminate sentence for public protection (ISPP), an offender jailed on an ISPP for possessing a firearm with intent, and an offender jailed for five years for manslaughter.

There were also four offenders who had sentences lasting at least a decade for import and export of drugs.

The list also includes a robber on an ISPP and a robber on a life sentence.

Mr Hughes released the data in response to a written parliamentary question from Tory Philip Davies (Shipley).

The list released is shown below:

:: Index offence and sentence length of absconders unlawfully at large from April 2004 to March 2014, as at 30 September 2014:

:: Aggravated burglary – 4 years 6 months

:: Arson – Indeterminate sentence for public protection

:: Assisting illegal immigrants – 54 months

:: Assisting illegal immigrants – 6 years

:: Blackmail – 3 years

:: Burglary – 18 months

:: Burglary – 6 months

:: Burglary – 112 days

:: Burglary – 3 years

:: Burglary – 32 months

:: Burglary – 2 years 6 months

:: Conspiracy to commit burglary – 3 years 3 months

:: Conspiracy to commit burglary – 64 months

:: Conspiracy to commit theft – 3 years 6 months

:: Conspiracy to commit theft – 3 years

:: Conspiracy to commit theft – 2 years

:: Conspiracy to defraud – 7 years

:: Conspiracy to defraud – 6 years

:: Conspiracy to import drugs – 8 years

:: Conspiracy to supply drug – 40 months

:: Conspiracy to supply drugs – 6 years

:: Contempt of court – 15 months

:: Customs evasion (drugs related) – 7 years

:: Customs evasion (drugs related) – 8 years

:: Death by reckless driving – 4 years

:: Deception – 30 months

:: Deception – 9 months

:: Deception – 26 months

:: Deception – 12 – months

:: Deception – 30 months

:: Excess alcohol – 112 days

:: False instruments – 6 months

:: False instruments – 12 months

:: False instruments – 18 months

:: Fines – 6 months

:: Fraud – 5 years

:: Fraud – detainee

:: GBH – 2 years

:: GBH – 8 years

:: Going equipped to cheat – 2 years

:: Going equipped to cheat – 2 years

:: Going equipped to steal – 6 months

:: Import/export drug – 19 years

:: Import/export drug – 9 years

:: Import/export drug – 12 years

:: Import/export drug – 7 years

:: Import/export drug – 12 years

:: Import/export drug – 10 years

:: Import/export drug – 5 years

:: Manslaughter – 5 years

:: Possess drugs with intent – 6 years

:: Possess drugs with intent – 3 years 6 months

:: Possess drugs with intent – 6 years

:: Possess drugs with intent – 7 years

:: Possess drugs with intent – 3 years

:: Possess firearm with intent – 78 months

:: Possess firearm with intent – Life

:: Possess firearm with intent – Life

:: Possess firearm with intent – Indeterminate sentence for public protection

:: Possess offensive weapon – 23 months

:: Possess offensive weapon – 5 years

:: Rape – Life

:: Robbery – Life

:: Robbery – Indeterminate sentence for public protection

:: Robbery – 6 years

:: Robbery – 9 years

:: Robbery – 3 years

:: Robbery – Indeterminate sentence for public protection

:: Supplying drugs – 3 years

:: Supplying drugs – 42 months

:: Theft – 8 months

:: Theft – 15 months

:: Theft – unknown

:: Theft – 4 years

:: Theft – 2 years

:: Trespass with intent – 15 months

:: Wounding with intent – 6 years 8 months

Inmates in open prisons technically cannot “escape” because they are able to come and go so are recorded as absconding if they fail to meet the terms of their sentence.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said:â?¬ “Keeping the public safe is our priority and we have made major changes to tighten up temporary release processes and open prison eligibility.

“Absconds have reached record lows under this Government – down 80% over the last 10 years – but each and every incident is taken seriously, with the police contacted as a matter of urgency.

“Open prisons and temporary licence are an important tool in rehabilitating long term offenders but not at the expense of public safety.”

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