Convicted Murderers And Rapists On The Run
Hundreds of criminals who should be in jail are on the run, including 20 murderers and nine rapists, it has emerged.
Figures released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) reveal that more than 100,000 offenders freed from jail over the last 10 years have been hauled back to prison for breaching their release terms.
All prisoners serving fixed jail terms since 2005 have been automatically freed when they have completed half of their sentence, regardless of the risk they pose to the public or whether they have shown any remorse.
Nearly 1,000 prisoners – some of whom have been convicted of very serious crimes – have ignored the demand to return to jail and are still at large.
One offender in his 30s, who was automatically released halfway through his five-year sentence for domestic violence and threatening to kill his partner, was subject to an emergency recall after texting death threats to her within two hours of his release in Merseyside.