Gwent Police arrest prison absconder

South Wales Argus: MANHUNT: Liam Ahearne, left and Stephen Rees MANHUNT: Liam Ahearne, left and Stephen Rees

ONE of two men who absconded from prison has been arrested by Gwent Police.

Stephen Rees, 31, was being hunted by Avon and Somerset Police after absconding from HMP Leyhill on 30 January.

Liam Ahearne, 24, is still missing.

The two men are thought to have connections with Blackwood, Markham and Bargoed and the Rhymney Valley.

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8:28am Tue 26 Feb 13

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Leyhill is a prison for adult male prisoners from the South West area who are deemed "low risk", which usually includes non-violent offenders as well as violent offenders who have made good progress during their time at more secure prisons.

Leyhill runs a variety of courses designed to help prisoners prepare for release. Or in case they abscond!)

These include a general joinery woodwork shop (offering City & Guilds qualifications in Woodwork); a printing shop; a commercial laundry; Industrial Cleaning and Car-Valeting training; Waste Management and Recycling training; and Forklift truck and Tractor Training.

The prison's farms and gardens also provide work and training for prisoners on a 55-hectare estate, including extensive ornamental grounds. There is a nationally important arboretum run in conjunction with the Forestry Commission; it is often open to the public. (and prisoners!)

As an open prison a number of prisoners at Leyhill are placed in the community to complete work and training placements. These placements are designed with the focus of improving a prisoner's chance of successful resettlement in the community on release.
(Or escape, which ever comes first!)

Says it really!

"Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage", especially if the doors are open!
Leyhill is a prison for adult male prisoners from the South West area who are deemed "low risk", which usually includes non-violent offenders as well as violent offenders who have made good progress during their time at more secure prisons. Leyhill runs a variety of courses designed to help prisoners prepare for release. Or in case they abscond!) These include a general joinery woodwork shop (offering City & Guilds qualifications in Woodwork); a printing shop; a commercial laundry; Industrial Cleaning and Car-Valeting training; Waste Management and Recycling training; and Forklift truck and Tractor Training. The prison's farms and gardens also provide work and training for prisoners on a 55-hectare estate, including extensive ornamental grounds. There is a nationally important arboretum run in conjunction with the Forestry Commission; it is often open to the public. (and prisoners!) As an open prison a number of prisoners at Leyhill are placed in the community to complete work and training placements. These placements are designed with the focus of improving a prisoner's chance of successful resettlement in the community on release. (Or escape, which ever comes first!) Says it really! "Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage", especially if the doors are open! displayed
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10:26am Tue 26 Feb 13

Howie' says...

displayed wrote:
Leyhill is a prison for adult male prisoners from the South West area who are deemed "low risk", which usually includes non-violent offenders as well as violent offenders who have made good progress during their time at more secure prisons.

Leyhill runs a variety of courses designed to help prisoners prepare for release. Or in case they abscond!)

These include a general joinery woodwork shop (offering City & Guilds qualifications in Woodwork); a printing shop; a commercial laundry; Industrial Cleaning and Car-Valeting training; Waste Management and Recycling training; and Forklift truck and Tractor Training.

The prison's farms and gardens also provide work and training for prisoners on a 55-hectare estate, including extensive ornamental grounds. There is a nationally important arboretum run in conjunction with the Forestry Commission; it is often open to the public. (and prisoners!)

As an open prison a number of prisoners at Leyhill are placed in the community to complete work and training placements. These placements are designed with the focus of improving a prisoner's chance of successful resettlement in the community on release.
(Or escape, which ever comes first!)

Says it really!

"Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage", especially if the doors are open!
So how would you prepare long term prisoners for their release back in to society? Sounds to me that you would just throw them out on the street which, as proven by a myriad of statistics (google it) is no good for them and no good for society as a whole. Open prisons are half way between prison and being released and have proven their value over the years.
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: Leyhill is a prison for adult male prisoners from the South West area who are deemed "low risk", which usually includes non-violent offenders as well as violent offenders who have made good progress during their time at more secure prisons. Leyhill runs a variety of courses designed to help prisoners prepare for release. Or in case they abscond!) These include a general joinery woodwork shop (offering City & Guilds qualifications in Woodwork); a printing shop; a commercial laundry; Industrial Cleaning and Car-Valeting training; Waste Management and Recycling training; and Forklift truck and Tractor Training. The prison's farms and gardens also provide work and training for prisoners on a 55-hectare estate, including extensive ornamental grounds. There is a nationally important arboretum run in conjunction with the Forestry Commission; it is often open to the public. (and prisoners!) As an open prison a number of prisoners at Leyhill are placed in the community to complete work and training placements. These placements are designed with the focus of improving a prisoner's chance of successful resettlement in the community on release. (Or escape, which ever comes first!) Says it really! "Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage", especially if the doors are open![/p][/quote]So how would you prepare long term prisoners for their release back in to society? Sounds to me that you would just throw them out on the street which, as proven by a myriad of statistics (google it) is no good for them and no good for society as a whole. Open prisons are half way between prison and being released and have proven their value over the years. Howie'
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11:40pm Tue 26 Feb 13

displayed says...

"Open prisons are half way between prison and being released and have proven their value over the years."

An open prison (open jail) is an informal description applied to any penal establishment in which the prisoners are trusted to serve their sentences with minimal supervision and perimeter security and so do not need to be locked up in prison cells. Prisoners may be permitted to take up employment in the community, returning to the prison.

In the UK, open prisons are often part of a rehabilitation plan for prisoners moved from closed prisons. They may be designated "training prisons" and are only for prisoners considered a low risk to the public.

The idea of an open prison is often criticised by members of the public and politicians as being too liberal. However, prisoners do not have complete freedom and are allowed to leave the premises only for specific purposes, such as going to an outside job.

It doesnt work!
"Open prisons are half way between prison and being released and have proven their value over the years." An open prison (open jail) is an informal description applied to any penal establishment in which the prisoners are trusted to serve their sentences with minimal supervision and perimeter security and so do not need to be locked up in prison cells. Prisoners may be permitted to take up employment in the community, returning to the prison. In the UK, open prisons are often part of a rehabilitation plan for prisoners moved from closed prisons. They may be designated "training prisons" and are only for prisoners considered a low risk to the public. The idea of an open prison is often criticised by members of the public and politicians as being too liberal. However, prisoners do not have complete freedom and are allowed to leave the premises only for specific purposes, such as going to an outside job. It doesnt work! displayed
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9:16am Wed 27 Feb 13

Howie' says...

I think you need to read this before you claim without any evidence that they don't work.


The Norwegian prison where inmates are treated like people

'On Bastoy prison island in Norway, the prisoners, some of whom are murderers and rapists, live in conditions that critics brand 'cushy' and 'luxurious'. Yet it has by far the lowest reoffending rate in Europe'.

Is that not what we want when a prisoner is released, that they don't re-offend?

http://www.guardian.
co.uk/society/2013/f
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I think you need to read this before you claim without any evidence that they don't work. The Norwegian prison where inmates are treated like people 'On Bastoy prison island in Norway, the prisoners, some of whom are murderers and rapists, live in conditions that critics brand 'cushy' and 'luxurious'. Yet it has by far the lowest reoffending rate in Europe'. Is that not what we want when a prisoner is released, that they don't re-offend? http://www.guardian. co.uk/society/2013/f eb/25/norwegian-pris on-inmates-treated-l ike-people?INTCMP=SR CH Howie'
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