Rate of prison escapes increases 45% in 3-year span

RazorwireCorrections Canada doesn’t seem concerned by a 45-per-cent increase in the rate of escapes from penitentiaries over the past three years. The rate in the 2015-16 fiscal year was 1.23 escapes per 1,000 inmates, up from 0.85 three years earlier, according to a departmental plan for 2017-18 recently tabled in parliament (read it in full after the jump). The prison service says that “in spite of the increase in the rate of escapes during the last three years, the results are still meeting CSC’s target.”  It demonstrates that, if you set your expectations suitably low, any achievement is acceptable. This isn’t the only non-success at the $2.5 billion a year penitentiary service. In this three-year period, the rate of “non-natural and undetermined offender deaths in custody” rose by 60 per cent.

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Escape plot foiled at Joyceville federal prison

Joyceville Institution(UPDATED JULY 14) It’s not surprising that convicts at Joyceville Institution, a decaying medium-security federal prison in Ontario that is racked by gang violence and tension, want to get away from the place. It is a brutal, crowded and decrepit facility built on a ridge overlooking the scenic Rideau Canal waterway on the northeastern outskirts of Kingston. Staff there recently discovered an escape plot, sources tell me, just the latest in a series of problems at the 52-year-old penitentiary.

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Car-chase convict escapee a violent domestic abuser

A federal convict who escaped from minimum-security Beaver Creek penitentiary, near Gravenhurst, Ontario, and then led police in the Toronto area on a wild chase, is a savage domestic abuser who appears to aspire to kill women, Cancrime research shows. Robert John Saunders, 57, was recaptured today after a 200-kilometre chase that ended in a crash.

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And then there were three – escaped cons

The tally of violent cons to escape a minimum-security federal prison in Kingston has risen to three this year with the disappearance yesterday of Kevin Douglas Rice (above left). Rice was last seen at Frontenac Institution, a pen with no fences and no armed guards, at 8:15 a.m., November 26. Staff realized he was gone during a head count at 11:30 a.m. Other escapees this year are Kenneth McBain (centre), who bolted July 6 and is still on the loose and Andrew Wood (right), who was caught days after his escape in June.

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Escapee Evjen too dangerous to release

The National Parole Board has ordered serial bank robber Shawn Evjen (inset) detained in prison until the very last day of his prison sentence, June, 15, 2010, because he’s a dangerous crook who is a “very high” risk to commit new, violent crimes (full document after the jump). It’s anyone guess if he’ll be in prison on that day. Evjen escaped from medium-security Bowden Institution in Alberta on Sept. 14. He was caught in Edmonton on Sept. 30 during a routine traffic stop near that city’s big shopping mall. Two days later, the parole board reviewed his case and issued the detention order.

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Escapee Evjen becoming ‘progressively more violent’

Convict Shawn Evjen (inset) was likely itching to get back to robbing banks and stores, terrorizing clerks and tellers by waving a gun or knife in their faces, so that he could earn some quick cash, enough to feed his addiction to heroin, alcohol and other drugs. It might be the simple explanation for his decision to scale two fences at Bowden Institution, a medium-security prison in Alberta, to escape Sept. 14 – just two months after his early release was yanked and he was thrown back in prison for committing new crimes. His parole records (reproduced after the jump) reveal the depths of Evjen’s narcissistic addiction to crime and violence and his refusal to change. He is as frightening as any sexual predator. He seems to enjoy terrorizing his victims and he’s indifferent to their suffering.

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Bank robber McBain didn’t like being a victim

Poor Kenneth McBain. The serial stick-up bandit and escaped federal convict (inset) who terrorizes bank clerks by waving a loaded .357 handgun in their faces – or firing it into the ceiling – got all choked up describing the time he was a victim of violence, parole records reveal.

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Convict to keeper: 'I love you Erin'

On a darkened rural road about 30 kilometres north of Kingston, Ontario, late on the evening of June 18, escaped murderer Andrew Wood (inset) was being handcuffed and hauled to a police car by a bevy of cops who had tailed his girlfriend to the secluded meeting spot, despite her devious efforts to shake them. As Wood was being separated from the petite woman with the thick mane of dark hair, he called out: “I love you Erin.”

This was no average girlfriend. It was Erin Danto, 35, a full-time psychologist working for the Correctional Service of Canada at Frontenac Institution in Kingston. She too was handcuffed and hauled away by police. Yesterday, just 32 days after the dramatic capture, Danto pleaded guilty to helping Wood, 42, escape from prison June 13 and she pleaded guilty to breach of trust, in part because of her romance with Wood.

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