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Prison escapes at 15-year low: Corrections Canada

Last Updated Sep 2, 2017 at 9:34 am PDT

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Eight people escaped from a federal institution last financial year, compared with 24 in 2012-13

Corrections Canada says that's the lowest rate of escapes in 15 years

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Corrections Canada says the rate of prison escapes is at its lowest point in 15 years, with eight people fleeing a federal institution last financial year.

That’s far fewer than¬†the 24 offenders who escaped custody in 2012-13. All of those prisoners escaped from minimum security.

There are three security levels at Canadian institutions. Sav Bains, a warden at Fraser Valley Institution, says minimum security is only for low-risk inmates.

“The minimum is set up with no barbed wires and there’s a less ‘restricted movement procedure’ in place. Basically the inmates live in house-style accomodations.”

“They would pose the least risk to public safety, to staff, to other inmates.”

Then, there’s medium security.

“We would find barbed wire, we would find weapons that would be locked up,” Bains says.

And finally, maximum security, where prisoners are being watched very closely.

“We have our correctional officers, frontline staff, other staff that monitor the movement levels of the inmates,” Bains says.

“You would see the buildings are surrounded by barbed wire fence, correctional officers are armed and posted in towers, there’s strategic surveillance locations.”

Number of Offenders who Escaped from a Federal Institution Between Fiscal Years 2012-2013 and 2016-2017
Fiscal Year Total Escapees
2012-2013 24
2013-2014 13
2014-2015 15
2015-2016 18
2016-2017 8