In the wake of the re-capture of an escaped murderer from a minimum security prison in Mission, the city’s mayor says he has confidence in the correctional service.
Randy Hawes says the prisoners at the institution have been judged to be low risk, and close to their parole dates already.
“We’ve never had incidents where there were people hurt.”
“We could keep people like a maximum security prison right to the end of their sentence, and then they come out angry and institutionalized. Or we can cascade them down which is what the corrections service likes to do, so they get at least an opportunity to de-institutionalize, pick up some life skills, and maybe are a less danger to the public when they get out.”
Hawes says he’s not concerned about the fact the prison has a hedge rather than a fence, and that no one who’s walked away from it has ever hurt someone in his community.
“When people are getting ready to get out of jail. They wind up in a minimum security institution. There are minimum securities in a number of locations in British Columbia. None of them have big fences, none of them have bars on the windows.”
Escapee Robert Dezwaan pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of a Merritt teen in 2003 and was apprehended Saturday morning after vanishing from the institution Friday afternoon.