Nine inmates accidentally released from Manitoba jails last year

(QMI Agency files)

(QMI Agency files)

Kristin Annable, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:21 PM ET

WINNIPEG ─ Nine inmates were accidentally released from provincial jails in Manitoba last year.

One inmate enjoyed their freedom for five months before being sent back.

Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayer Federation show another lucky inmate was released in December, spent Christmas as a free person, and then returned to the correctional institute in January.

These numbers alarm Colin Craig, the Prairies director for the CTF, who said it's a costly drain on resources and a public safety concern.

"I think taxpayers should be concerned for two reasons: one being every time an inmate is accidentally released, police and other resources have to be taken off of fighting crime to deal with a case they've already dealt with," he said. "Also, if you are a taxpayer and an accidentally released inmate comes and commits a crime against you or your property, you are going to be disappointed to learn that individual was supposed to been in jail."

 


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