inmates accidentally released

Nine inmates were accidentally released from Manitoba jails last year, according to statistics released Friday. It's a spike in recent numbers but still down from 15 five years ago. (CBC)

The province said it is unacceptable when a prisoner is accidentally released, even as new numbers made public Friday revealed nine inmates at provincial institutions were wrongly released in the fiscal year 2013 to 2014. 

That's up from six the year before, in fiscal 2012 to 2013, and seven the year before that. Those figures are, however, down from 15 in fiscal 2010 to 2011. 

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation obtained the statistics through an access to information request. 

CTF Prairie director Colin Craig said these are mistakes that shouldn't be happening at all. 

"You'd think that of all the services that the government could get right and should focus on getting right, incarceration would be one of those top responsibilities," he said. 

Late Friday afternoon, the province said two of the inmates wrongly released are still at large. 

The province does not release which institutions let inmates go by mistake.

A government spokesperson, however, said the province has increased training to reduce human errors that result in accidental releases.

She also said the process to document cases between divisions in the justice system is being streamlined and modernized to take advantage of technology that helps reduce the risk of error.