Most MA Minimum-Security Inmates Can Walk Away


A multistate manhunt for an inmate who strolled out of a Massachusetts prison last week after learning he had been indicted on a rape charge has drawn attention to a little-known fact about minimum-security prisons in the state: Inmates can walk away, the Boston Globe reports.

Correctional officials acknowledged that only one of the nine facilities that house the state’s 1,261 minimum-security inmates is surrounded by a fence, and doors are often kept unlocked to accommodate inmates who come and go to eat, work, exercise, and attend programs. Manson Brown, whose escape from the Old Colony Correctional Center last Friday has triggered a massive search, is the only inmate at a minimum security prison to walk off this year, say correctional officials. Seven fled from minimum- security prisons last year; just one did in 2007.

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