Brandon jail inmate's escape prompts internal review
Male inmate slipped away from jail, allegedly drove to Saskatchewan before being caught
Manitoba corrections officials will conduct an internal review after an inmate escaped from the jail in Brandon and fled to Saskatchewan without staff knowing of the jailbreak for hours.
The 27-year-old man slipped away from the Brandon Correctional Centre shortly after 3 a.m. Monday and drove west in a stolen Manitoba government pickup truck from the jail's parking lot, according to Brandon police.
By about 8 a.m., RCMP in Oxbow, Sask., had the inmate in custody. He had somehow sustained serious injuries and was being taken to hospital in Regina.
The inmate has been charged with escaping from lawful custody and theft of a motor vehicle.
"We're going to move him back to Manitoba as soon as we can," said Greg Skelly, executive director of adult corrections with the provincial government.
"We'll also be doing an internal review, you know, looking at all the factors that contributed to the incident and determining how it occurred and try to prevent it from happening again in the future."
Skelly added that officials will review surveillance video and interview staff as part of their investigation.
Gary Quinn, who has lived down the street from the jail for two decades, says he has been warned of inmate escapes in the past, but he wasn't notified of the latest incident.
"That's interesting they didn't know for a long time," he said Wednesday. "I find that hard to believe with bed checks and accountabilities in jail."
The Brandon Correctional Centre, located in the northeastern corner of the city, is primarily a medium-security facility with cells for 157 men, according to the province's website.