Prison break: Guards ‘let inmate escape’

Unions say the escape of a prison inmate in Sydney yesterday proves the privatisation of jail security is not going to work.

Fifty-year-old Alex Mihail is on the run from Long Bay Jail, where he was serving time in low security.

The Public Service Association says the Government contracted out security work around the jail’s perimeter earlier this year.

Spokesman John Cahill says the new guards lack the experience needed to prevent prison break-outs.

“My information is he was able to just walk through the boom gates, past the private security people – who didn’t challenge him – and just let him escape onto the streets of Sydney where he’s still at large,” he said.



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