This morning the quick reactions and vigilance of corrections officers resulted in them stopping a prisoner who tried to escape by climbing over an interior perimeter wall of Mt Eden Prison.
"Although there was absolutely no risk to the safety of the public, the efforts of our staff should be praised for their quick reaction to the incident. Our staff are fully trained to deal with these types of incidents and today they put that training into good use," says Assistant Regional Manager Grace Smit.
"The prisoner tried to jump over an internal wall, the wall is around four metres high and topped with razor wire. If he had succeeded he would have been trapped between the internal wall and the outer perimeter wall. This would have made it harder for us to get him out.
"The staff who stopped him from getting this far should be praised. Because of the way the attempt was approached it indicates that it was not a planned attempt but a spontaneous effort. The prisoner will now face internal charges and possible Police charges."
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